Los Angeles-leading specialist of infectious disease in the country said Thursday that the new coronavirus has mutated in such a way that can help him to breed better and faster spread.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and infectious diseases, General studies in interview the journal of the American Medical Association.
“We have no connection to whether a person, not worse than this or not. It just seems that the virus replicates better and might be more transmissible,” said Fauci.
But what is a “new mutation” and the public should be worried?
What mutations of the virus?
The national cancer Institute defines ‘“a new mutation” as genetic changes that are present for the first time in one family member as a result of mutations in the germ cells of one parent.
From the point of view of a layman, of course, viruses mutate and can repeat, especially those that are considered to be RNA-containing viruses, such as flu, measles, SARS, and now the SARS-cov-2, more commonly known as coronavirus. RNA viruses are defined by their collection of genetic material Packed in a protein shell.
Viral mutations are rare?
Mark Schleiss, American Legion Professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University Medical school of Minnesota, said that viruses constantly undergo evolution at the molecular level, but also RNA-containing viruses, are particularly susceptible to mutation. This is why vaccination against influenza and virus strains change frequently.
Whether this mutation makes people more susceptible to COVID-19 infection?
“Now we know from this mutation, which was described that it seems to lead to an increase in the number of virus in the body and increases the capacity to infect and likely to transfer,” said Schleiss.
More people die from COVID-19 due to a mutation?
Schleiss said that we don’t know yet whether this mutation will lead to more deaths, but it seems that this will affect the ability of the spread of coronavirus
“Molecular evolution of the virus has gone from somewhat from bad to worse, because now we have a virus that is more transmissible and more easily infected to people,” he added.
The consequences of mutation when a vaccine might be available?
Schleiss not believe that this new mutation will make it more difficult to develop a vaccine, adding that he would be surprised if we had a vaccine by the spring of 2021, but he is optimistic.“There is an urgent need for vaccine, and I am very glad that is done”, he said. “I think we have to be careful that we are not going to jump to conclusions and produce a vaccine before it was fully appreciated”.
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