Is the Omicron XBB variant 5X more virulent than the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Omicron XBB Is 5X More Virulent Than Delta Variant!
This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook particularly in India, claiming that the Omicron XBB variant is 5X more virulent than the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus!
Note : It’s rather long, so please feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!
Let’s pay attention to the following information:
Everyone is advised to wear a mask because the new variant of the COVID-Omicron XBB coronavirus is different, deadly and not easy to detect correctly.
The symptoms of the new virus COVID-Omicron XBB are the following:
1. There is no cough.
2. There is no fever.
There will only be a limited number of these others:
3. Joint pain.
5. Pain in the neck.
6. Upper back pain.
8. There is usually no appetite.
COVID-Omicron XBB is 5 times more virulent than the Delta variant and has a higher mortality rate than it.
It takes less time for the condition to reach extreme severity and sometimes there are no obvious symptoms.
Let’s be more careful!
This strain of the virus is not found in the nasopharyngeal region and directly affects the lungs for a relatively short period of time.
Several patients diagnosed with Covid-Omicron XBB were classified as febrile and pain free, but x-rays showed mild chest pneumonia.
Nasal swab tests are often negative for Covid-Omicron XBB, and cases of false negative nasopharyngeal tests are increasing.
This means that the virus can spread in the community and directly infect the lungs, causing viral pneumonia, which in turn causes acute respiratory distress.
This explains why the Covid-Omicron XBB has become something very contagious, highly virulent and lethal.
Caution, avoid crowded places, keep a distance of 1.5 m even in open spaces, wear a double-layer mask, wear a suitable mask, wash hands frequently, even if everyone is asymptomatic (no coughing or sneezing).
This wave of Covid-Omicron XBB is deadlier than the first wave of Covid-19. So we have to be very careful and take several reinforced precautions against the coronavirus.Maintain vigilant communication with your friends and family.
Do not keep this information to yourself, share it with other family members and friends.
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Truth : Omicron XBB Variant Advice From Singapore Is Fake News!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : XBB Is An Omicron Subvariant
First, let me just clarify a common misconception. XBB is technically not a COVID-19 variant. It is a subvariant of the Omicron variant.
As per WHO definition, XBB is a recombinant subvariant of BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 sublineages of the Omicron variant. In other words – XBB is a mix of the BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 subvariants of Omicron.
Fact #2 : Omicron XBB Is Detected Like Any Other COVID-19 Variant
The viral message falsely claims that XBB is not easily detected.
XBB is nothing more than a subvariant of Omicron. It is just as easily detected by the same PCR or RTK tests as the original Omicron variant.
Read more : Was New XBB Variant Just Discovered In Singapore?!
Fact #3 : Omicron XBB Symptoms Similar To Other Omicron Variants
The viral message falsely claims that XBB infections do not present with cough or fever.
XBB is just one of the many Omicron subvariants that include BA.5, BA.2.75, BJ.1, and BA.4.6. While they have changes to their spike protein, they have similar symptoms to the Omicron variant.
They are just different versions of the Omicron variant, and present with common symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat, cold, body aches.
Fact #4 : Omicron XBB Is Not 5X More Virulent Than Delta Variant
The viral message falsely claims that XBB is 5X more virulent than the Delta variant.
On 27 October 2022, the WHO Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) reported that there is no “substantial differences in disease severity for XBB infections”.
In other words – XBB infections produce similarly mild disease to Omicron. That is not surprising, because XBB is after all an Omicron subvariant.
The Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which caused havoc in mid 2021, causes more severe disease than any other COVID-19 variants, particularly in people who were not vaccinated.
An April 2022 study published in Nature showed that Omicron variant infections had 2X to 5X fewer fatalities than Delta variant infections.
Read more : Fact Check : Singapore Advice On Omicron XBB?!
Fact #5 : Omicron XBB Does Not Skip The Nasopharynx
This COVID-19 variant skips the nasopharynx and attacks the lungs directly is an old hoax that keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.
You may recall when Delta variant was the hot topic, people claimed that this is the variant that skips the nasopharynx and infects the lungs directly.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.
As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.
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Fact #6 : Nasal / Nasopharyngeal Swab Test Will Still Pick Up XBB
The false claim that nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests will turn up negative also keeps getting rehashed for the variant of the day.
People too earlier claimed that the nasal / nasopharyngeal swab tests would turn up negative for the Delta variant. It was nonsense then, it’s nonsense today.
Nasal or better still, nasopharyngeal swab, to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the XBB subvariant.
Fact #7 : Indian Ministry of Health Call This Fake News
As of November 2022, Omicron XBB accounts for 65.6% of COVID-19 cases in India, where this viral message has recently gone viral.
This led to the Indian Ministry of Health posting an official notice, calling it fake and misleading.
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