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The Omicron variant of COVID-19 cannot be detected using PCR tests.

Some RT-PCR diagnostic tests can detect the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Some RT-PCR diagnostic tests can detect the Omicron variant of COVID-19.A new COVID-19 variant dubbed B.1.1.529, named Omicron, has been designated as Variant of Concern(VOC) by the World Health Organization. It has 32 changes located in its spike protein. The real impact of Omicron on the effectiveness of vaccines is not yet clear. The variant has been associated with a significant spike in COVID-19 cases in South Africa and has spread to many countries, raising the alarm.

Reports suggest the variant can become a big threat as it has the potential to evade the human immune system and is easily transmissible. The spread of the virus could be contained by timely detection. WHO has said that some of the RT-PCR tests can help in the early detection of the virus. The PCR test looks for 'S' gene dropout, which gives a clue that the virus is Omicron. However, the test results can be confirmed only in the lab using a technique known as genomic sequencing, and most test kits may not distinguish between Omicron and other variants.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.

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