Recent reports are very concerning about any improvement regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. As the virus spreads, it is constantly mutating. This is a very bad step in the pandemic world because now there are multiple strains of the deadly virus. Curing such a virus will require a lot of work. The main question here is how much the strain differs from the original COVID-19.
Several researchers have identified a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which may cause an onset of COVID-20. The strains are familiar to the COVID-19 but the viral structure is a bit different. However, this explains why researchers are seeing a huge difference in the testing results of San Francisco and New York City. Every researcher is treating the SARS-CoV-2 virus as if it is one strain of COVID-19. Current research shows it is definitely more than one problem.
COVID-20: A new strain of Coronavirus
Even though the name is unofficial, it is no surprise that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is mutating. This is because in nature it is an RNA virus. And it is normal for an RNA virus to mutate. The research paper found several mutations of the COVID-19. But it is too early to reach a conclusion about whether they are harmful to humans or not. Multiple labs are currently performing tests on the subject but none of them have released a paper yet. Labs are working to analyze the genetic differences between the various strains circulating in the world to see if the levels of sickness and death can in part be explained by genetic differences in the virus itself.
Coronavirus in the US is actually two strains, says @ScottGottliebMD: West Coast (via China) and East Coast (via Europe). They have mixed geographically and are presumed similar, but scientists are investigating whether either is more infective or harmful. https://t.co/0JRXRbOktv pic.twitter.com/L0EvgAvT7o
— Will Saletan (@saletan) April 26, 2020
Initial results of an in-depth COVID-19 testing program in a small neighborhood in San Francisco published Monday found 2.1% were positive for coronavirus and more than half had no symptoms. A report from researchers in China found at least two major SARS-CoV-2 strains circulating there and one was more common than the other, which could mean it was better able to adapt.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.