Researchers are hunting through waste water for heavily mutated SARS-CoV-2 variants that could be the next Omicron.
Just in time for the boosters no one is taking anyway 🤪
Impressive sleuthing work from this team, supported by the good folks in Public Works. I can only imagine how frustrating it is to narrow your search to 30 people but not be able to figure out which is sick. Modern shades of Typhoid Mary with 40% not willing to be tested to see if they are carriers.
Updating information regarding convergent variants BA.2.3.20, BN.1, BA.2.10.4, BN.2.1, BA.4.6.1, BQ.1, BQ.1.1.
In short, BA.2.75.2 and BQ.1.1 are the most antibody-evasive convergent variants tested, far exceeding BA.5 and approaching SARS-CoV-1 level. (1/4) https://t.co/BzknQBSF5e
— Yunlong Richard Cao (@yunlong_cao) September 23, 2022
“The scale of immune evasion has never been seen before, and the virus is still rapidly evolving,” [Cao] says. “It’s very bad.”