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SARS-CoV-2 Emerging Omicron Subvariants with a Special Focus on BF.7 and XBB.1.5 Recently Posing Fears of Rising Cases Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

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dc.contributor.author Dhama, Kuldeep
dc.contributor.author Chandran, Deepak
dc.contributor.author Chopra, Hitesh
dc.contributor.author Islam, Md. Aminul
dc.contributor.author Emran, Talha Bin
dc.contributor.author Rehman, Mohammad Ebad Ur
dc.contributor.author Dey, Abhijit
dc.contributor.author Mohapatra, Ranjan K.
dc.contributor.author SV, Praveen
dc.contributor.author Mohankumar, Pran
dc.contributor.author Sharma, Anil Kumar
dc.contributor.author Bhattacharya, Prosun
dc.date.accessioned 2023-03-04T03:30:02Z
dc.date.available 2023-03-04T03:30:02Z
dc.date.issued 22-01-01
dc.identifier.issn 2320 –8694
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.daffodilvarsity.edu.bd:8080/handle/123456789/9798
dc.description.abstract The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Omicron versions have been the sole one circulating for quite some time. Subvariants BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4, and BA.5 of the Omicron emerged over time and through mutation, with BA.1 responsible for the most severe global pandemic between December 2021 and January 2022. Other Omicron subvariants such as BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BA.4.6, BF.7, BA.2.75.2, XBB.1 appeared recently and could cause a new wave of increased cases amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is evidence that certain Omicron subvariants have increased transmissibility, extra spike mutations, and ability to overcome protective effects of COVID-19 neutralizing antibodies through immunological evasion. In recent months, the Omicron BF.7 subvariant has been in the news due to its spread in China and a small number of other countries, raising concerns about a possible rebound in COVID-19 cases. More recently, the Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant has captured international attention due to an increase in cases in the United States. As a highly transmissible sublineage of Omicron BA.5, as well as having a shorter incubation time and the potential to reinfect or infect immune population, BF.7 has stronger infection ability. It appears that the regional immunological landscape is affected by the amount and timing of previous Omicron waves, as well as the COVID-19 vaccination coverage, which in turn determines whether the increased immune escape of BF.7 and XBB.1.5 subvariants is sufficient to drive new infection waves. Expanding our understanding of the transmission and efficacy of vaccines, immunotherapeutics, and antiviral drugs against newly emerging Omicron subvariants and lineages, as well as bolstering genomic facilities for tracking their spread and maintaining a constant vigilance, and shedding more light on their evolution and mutational events, would help in the development of effective mitigation strategies. Importantly, reducing the occurrence of mutations and recombination in the virus can be aided by bolstering One health approach and emphasizing its significance in combating zoonosis and reversal zoonosis linked with COVID-19. This article provides a brief overview on Omicron variant, its recently emerging lineages and subvairants with a special focus on BF.7 and XBB.1.5 as much more infectious and highly transmissible variations that may once again threaten a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases globally amid the currently ongoing pandemic, along with presenting salient mitigation measures. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Daffodil International University en_US
dc.subject SARS-CoV-2 en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 en_US
dc.subject Variants en_US
dc.subject Omicron subvariants en_US
dc.subject Pandemic en_US
dc.subject Rising cases en_US
dc.subject Mitigation strategies en_US
dc.title SARS-CoV-2 Emerging Omicron Subvariants with a Special Focus on BF.7 and XBB.1.5 Recently Posing Fears of Rising Cases Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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