The Mu COVID-19 Strain: Why Is It A Variant Of Interest?

The Mu COVID-19 Strain: Why Is It A Variant Of Interest?
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If you have been following clinical trial news, you may know that Fauci is closely watching a Coronavirus variant known as the Mu strain. The Mu coronavirus strain has been designated by World Health Organization (WHO) as a “variant of interest,” and it has propagated throughout Chile, Peru, and portions of the United States and even European countries.

Mu is the fifth COVID-19 strain that has caught the eye of the World Health Organization  The variation is most frequently seen in countries from South America, and few cases in the United States, according to Stuart Ray, who is a medicine professor at John Hopkins University. In the United States, there are less than 2500 cases recorded at the moment, and the most affected states are New York, California, Florida, and Texas.

 The Mu strain, discovered in Colombia at the beginning of this year, has since expanded to areas of Europe, South Korea, Japan, and Canada, according to the World Health Organization. Mu has characteristics similar to potentially deadly variations, including the delta Mutation that causes more than 99percent of infections in the United States.

“Certain features in coronavirus variants appear to make the virus more infectious, and we are seeing some of those features in the Mu variant. But right now, we don’t have any huge concerns,” Ray explained.

Ray said citizens shouldn’t worry even if infections steadily grow in the United states.  Mu cases continue to grow sporadically, and comparable to the delta version I believe it will not be dangerous. The population ought to be alert but not frightened by the Mu strain.

At the press conference last week, leading infectious diseases specialist Anthony Fauci claimed that the government keeps the new strain under observation. However, he established that the prevalent and most relevant variation of coronavirus continues to be the delta.


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Asheley Rice

I am a pop culture and social media expert. Aside from writing about the latest news health, I also enjoy pop culture and Yoga. I have BA in American Cultural Studies and currently enrolled in a Mass-Media MA program. I like to spend my spring breaks volunteering overseas.

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