It’s been revealed that experts at Baylor College of Medicine stated that a new mutated strain of coronavirus may spread easier but does not appear to be any more severe.
It is not abnormal to see viral strains evolve, according to Dr. Pedro Piedra, a professor in molecular virology and microbiology at BCM.
“This is not unique to SARS-CoV2,” Piedra said. He continued and explained, “This is actually part of what we see with many outbreaks.”
The dominant strain is more transmissible
On the other hand, the new dominant strain appears to be more transmissible.
“If you look at the lab data, it suggests that it’s about three to four times as efficient in its ability to infect,” said Piedra.
Experts are already working together all over the world to find viable treatments for the disease and a successful vaccine and at first, it was believed that a mutation could set them back.
“Antibodies will be able to effectively neutralize the virus whether it contains the mutation or not,” said Piedra.
He explained that “We’re the ones who have a social obligation to put a damper on the spread of this virus. Otherwise, it will just stay and cause a lot of chaos.”
Coronavirus in the news
In other news, it’s been just revealed that the U.S. is not in control of the coronavirus pandemic, and the daily cases that appear could top 100,000 new infections on a daily basis if the outbreak continues at the same pace.
This is what White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci stated the other day. Also, there’s some immunity-related breaking news that you might want to check out.
The novel coronavirus hit the world unexpectedly and changed our lives as we used to know them probably for good. The global crisis in the middle of which we are will probably be the biggest one that our generation will see.