The coronavirus associated with the COVID-19 disease may have mutated to become more contagious, according to a recent study.
Additionally, random coronavirus mutations cited in the study “could possibly” be in response, to crucial large-scale prohibitive efforts like mask-wearing and social distancing, according to virologist and senior advisor to Anthony S. Fauci, director of NIAID.
Coronavirus mutating to become more contagious.
The study,- which is still awaiting peer review,- involved more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus, which exposed several continual mutations, – one of which increased the contagiousness of the virus, according to the study.
The recent report, however, did not link the most contagious mutations to a higher likelihood of death or impaired clinical outcomes, the Washington Post reports.
All viruses undergo genetic mutations and most are not remarkable, scientists say.
Coronavirus mutations are very active in the US.
Notably, coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2 are relatively stable, because they have a replay mechanism that remains active during replication.
But every mutation is a game of dice, and because transmission is so active in the United States, – today tens of thousands of additional confirmed infections are still being recorded every day.
The coronavirus has not failed. “We gave this virus a lot of chances,” Musser told to the Washington Post. “There is a huge population there right now.”
Scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and the University of Texas at Austin also participated in the study.
Virus’ mutations could affect ‘our ability to control it’.
The study appears to be the largest aggregation of genetic sequences for the virus ever carried out in the United States.
A larger batch of genetic sequences was released earlier in September and, found that the mutation causing a structural change in the “spike protein” on the surface of the virus, could be responsible for the disproportionate spread of this specific strain of coronavirus.
A National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) virologist named David Morens reviewed the recent study and said the results suggest a high likelihood that the virus.
As it progresses in the population – has increased its transmission capabilities, which “could have implications for our ability to control it,” the Washington Post reports.
Coronavirus possibly adapting to mask-wearing, social distancing.
Coronavirus could potentially respond via random mutations to mass interventions, such as wearing masks and social distancing.
Wearing masks, washing your hands, all of those things are barriers to transmissibility or contagion, but as the virus becomes more contagious, it’s statistically better at getting around those barriers, said Morens, senior advisor to Anthony S. Fauci. , Director of NIAID.
As vaccine candidates move closer to public availability, – some of them perhaps too close, too fast – it looks like the COVID-19 coronavirus is also moving closer to us, as it mutates to bypass common barriers like social distancing, wearing masks, and even hand washing.
But vigilance is still the key because even though the virus mutates to bypass these precautions, we still cut off the older types with common health measures.