What is a 'Variant of Concern' or a 'Variant of Interest' when dealing with coronavirus mutations?

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Scientists studying the Omicron variant have developed different categories to warn the public about the level of concern that should be placed on mutations of the coronavirus. Variants of the virus are sometimes more bark than bite, but occasionally the threat is real.  M.G .Finn, professor and Chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and James A. Carlos Family Chair for Pediatric Technology, says Omicron quickly moved from a Variant of Interest to a Variant of Concern (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control) because of the possibility it could be more transmissible than previous Covid-19 variants. 

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College of Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Life Sciences and Biology
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College of Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, M.G. Finn, covid-19, variants, Omicron variant
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  • Created By: Renay San Miguel
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  • Created On: Dec 6, 2021 - 3:00pm
  • Last Updated: Dec 15, 2021 - 12:51pm