All Russian test systems detect coronavirus regardless of which variant of the virus a person is infected with. This was announced by the head of the scientific group of genetic engineering and biotechnology of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Cherkashina on Friday, January 14.
“All PCR test systems are capable of detecting coronavirus in order to establish a diagnosis of COVID-19, regardless of which option a person has become infected: Delta or Omicron. They are focused on that part of the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which does not undergo such frequent changes and remains practically constant, ”she told RIA Novosti.
It is necessary to differentiate “Omicron” from “Delta” in order to control the development of the epidemiological process, to know possible complications of the situation and to predict the load on medical institutions, Cherkashina explained. But at the same time, it is not necessary to test everyone in a row with new systems, only a part of the population is enough, 5-10% of cases in the region.
“This work has been carried out by Rospotrebnadzor in relation to the Omicron strain for more than a month, since December 2021,” the specialist noted.
On January 14, Natalya Pshenichnaya, Deputy Director for Clinical and Analytical Work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, Rospotrebnadzor, Natalya Pshenichnaya, said that Omicron should not be considered a mild disease, since the cumulative death rates from it are high worldwide.
A large-scale vaccination campaign continues in Russia. Citizens can get vaccinated for free. Six drugs against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, KoviVac, EpiVacCorona-N and the Sputnik M adolescent vaccine.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites of stopcoronavirus.rf and accessvsem.rf, as well as by the hashtag #WeV Together. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.