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Omicron: the variant of the coronavirus can protect against the flu

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In a laboratory study, the seasonal H1N1 flu virus did not take hold in bronchial cells containing the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but the flu virus did replicate in cells containing the delta variant

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September 19, 2022


A color scanning electron micrograph of a cell (green) infected with the omicron variant of coronavirus (purple)

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Being infected with the omicron variant of the coronavirus may provide some protection against the flu.

Martin Michaelis at the University of Kent in the UK and colleagues collected bronchial cells from a person with emphysema, a condition in which the air sacs in the lungs are damaged, but the airways in the bronchi are not affected.

The cells were removed as part of a standard diagnostic or treatment procedure. Since the bronchi are not affected by emphysema, the…

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