The Omicron variant arrives in Italy, the first case was identified in Campania. The 55-year-old man vaccinated with 2 doses has few symptoms. Five family members, who would show no symptoms, are in isolation. “The patient and his family contacts are in good health,” the Higher Institute of Health said in a statement. The company manager of the province of Caserta returned from Mozambique in recent days, landed in Milan and tested positive for Covid-19 with a genomic sequence attributable to the variant discovered in South Africa and Botswana. Read also The variant B.1.1.529 was sequenced by the laboratory of Clinical microbiology, virology and diagnostics of Bioemergences of the Sacco hospital in Milan. “The epidemiological investigations were carried out by Ats Milano and the Local Health Authority under the responsibility of the Campania Region. Sequencing has already been scheduled on the samples of the patient’s family contacts who were positive and resident in the Campania region, whose laboratories have been alerted and are already working to obtain genomic results in a short time. At the moment no positive contacts have been identified in Lombardy “, explains the ISS. contagious than the above. “From the first epidemiological data, the Omicron variant would really seem more contagious than the Delta. At the moment, more than 500 sequences have already been made in the laboratories of South Africa, with which we are in constant contact. Epidemiology tells us that it is supplanting the Delta variant. . Certain information, however, will come from molecular data, both as regards contagiousness and as regards the ability of vaccines to protect. And the analyzes are already underway “, explains Massimo Ciccozzi, head of the Unit of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, already activated on the study of the new variant. According to data from South African laboratories “in the country, with the Omicron variant, there is an R0 of 1 , 34. This means that the epidemic is no longer under control. The phenomenon may be linked to the greater contagiousness of the new variant, but it must also be taken into account. three elements such as the very low percentage of vaccination coverage in the country, around 20%, and the scarce use of anti Covid measures, very far from our standards. It is certain, however, that, at the moment, in South Africa, Omicron runs faster than the Delta “. In this variant, adds Ciccozzi,” there are all the mutations of the single variants seen so far. All together on the same Spike protein. And, at least on the epidemiological level, Omicron seems to be racing at the moment. “Tracking therefore assumes greater importance. The Ministry of Health recommends strengthening and monitoring the tracking and sequencing activities in the case of travelers from countries with widespread Omicron variant and their contacts or in cases of outbreaks characterized by a rapid and anomalous increase in cases, also promptly and scrupulously apply the measures already provided for quarantine and isolation. to undermine people’s trust. People say ‘we have a new variant that breaks vaccines’ “. Professor Matteo Bassetti puts it this way after the news about the new Omicron variant of the covid.” We are facing a variant that has many mutations that we had already seen in the variants previous. In addition, the Spike protein has also changed, through which our cells are attacked. From South Africa we have information of ‘mild’ cases. It does not seem to be more aggressive, it will probably be more contagious but we have no certainty that the vaccines are punctured “, says the director of the infectious disease clinic of the San Matteo polyclinic in Genoa speaking to In Onda.” An information short circuit has happened. : I learned about this variant from the media and not from the scientific community, something has happened that shouldn’t happen. The news of the variant reached public opinion before we doctors knew it “, he adds.” The bow of science to politics is very serious: until yesterday we called the variants following the Greek alphabet, this should have been called Nu “. But there was a risk of confusion with the English word” new “.” The next letter “would have reminded the Chinese president Xi and therefore Omicron was opted for in order not to offend China:” Science should not bow to politics “.