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Named a strange feature of the disease coronavirus “Omicron”

Named a strange feature of the disease coronavirus “Omicron”

A new study shows that most people who contracted the Omicron variant of the coronavirus did not even know they had COVID-19. “This low level of awareness of the infection likely contributed to the rapid spread of Omicron,” the experts said.

Most people infected with the Omicron variant did not even know they had COVID-19, according to a new study by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the US, Sky News reports.

Lack of public awareness that they are infected means that people cannot take steps to prevent further transmission of the coronavirus, a major stumbling block to fighting new waves of the pandemic.

“More than one in two people infected with Omicron didn’t know they had it,” says Dr. Susan Cheng, author of the study, published in JAMA Network Open.

Previous studies have shown that at least 25%, and potentially up to 80%, of people infected with the coronavirus may not experience symptoms, the researchers say.

This “low level of infection awareness likely contributed to Omicron’s rapid spread,” added Dr. Cheng.

Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been conducting research on the impact of COVID-19 and the impact of vaccines for more than two years.