Coronavirus has mutated and is more dangerous now!
In Florida, USA, according to the latest study that has been conducted by Scripps Research Institute experts, it has been said that the Novel Coronavirus could have mutated, thus making it much more infectious.
On Friday, Scripps Research Institute published the study which states:
“Covid-19-causing viral variant taking over in the United States and Europe now carries more functional, cell-binding spikes.”
Scripps Research Institute performed laboratory experiments and these showed that there is a small genetic mutation in COVID-19, which is circulating all across the USA and Europe and this greatly increases the ability of the virus to infect cells.
Hyeryun Choe, PhD, Scripps Research virologist and senior author of the study said:
“Viruses with this mutation were much more infectious than those without the mutation in the cell culture system we used.”
Ever since the onset of Coronavirus, there has been a lot of talk as to why outbreaks of the New Coronavirus are easily managed in some parts of the globe and yet in other parts of the world, the killer virus rapidly overwhelms health systems.
The question being raised was:
“Was it something about those communities and their response or had the virus somehow changed?”
Experts have asked for more research to be done, arriving at the conclusion that the Novel Coronavirus, could finally have found a way, to be more stable and not fall apart.
Co-author Michael Farzan, PhD, co-chairman of the Scripps Research Department of Immunology and Microbiology said:
“Over time, it has figured out how to hold on better and not fall apart until it needs to. The virus has, under selection pressure, made itself more stable.”
Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO’s emergencies program said:
“All viruses evolve. They can evolve in one direction. They can evolve in the other direction. To date, to my knowledge, we haven’t seen any particular signal in the virus’ behavior or in its sequence that would lead us to believe the virus is changing in its nature, has changed in its transmission dynamics, or changed in its lethality.”
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