- However potential omikron transition over RT-PCR can be identified and action taken.
- RT-PCR tests that do not detect S genes in the virus may indicate that the virus belongs to Omicron.
- In this way Omikron’s prey patients can be isolated very quickly and easily.
“If a person has the ‘S’ gene absent and other genes are positive, there is an indirect way to know if an omicon variant of the corona virus may be present in that person without genome sequencing.” ‘Doesn’t check on genes.’ He said. “An indication for all laboratories may come soon that they should examine the ‘S’ genes in each sample with extra vigilance,” said a member of the task force. Will be
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that countries using PCR tests containing ‘S’ genes may use the absence of ‘S’ genes as a proxy marker for infections of the Omicron variant of Covid. “Similarly, work is underway to develop a PCR test that identifies this variant without the need for full sequencing.” Rahul Pandit said that while Omicron is considered a cause of concern all over the world, it is important to exercise caution. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) is constantly monitoring the evolution of the virus. Based on this, TAG-VE has advised WHO to designate Omicron as a virus of concern and we will share the new findings with the member countries as well as the people, “said Dr. Pandit, Director, Critical Care, Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai.
The state coordinator for genome sequencing and head of the microbiology department at BJ Medical College, Dr. Rajesh Karyakarta said that the current test kit includes testing of two different genes, which can be either ‘ORF’, ‘RdRp’, ‘N’ or ‘S’.