Study Confirms New Type of Highly Infectious Coronavirus Spreads Faster Without Making People Sicker
There is evidence-based off a global study that a new form of coronavirus has spread to the US from Europe. An international team of researchers reported that this new form is a mutated version of the virus which helps it easily infect people without making them any sicker than earlier variations of the virus.
1The new coronavirus
Erica Ollmann Saphire of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and the Coronavirus Immunotherapy Consortium and the Coronavirus Immunotherapy Consortium worked on the study that was published in the Journal Cell and stated: “It is now the dominant form infecting people. This is now the virus”.
2The team researching the virus shared the information of a certain mutant virus
Earlier in the year, the team released, on a preprint server, information on which the present study builds on. The information shared was about genetic sequences which had indicated that a certain mutant version of the virus had begun taking over. The new study has been published in the Journal Cell.
3The new form of coronavirus is more infectious
In addition to checking more genetic sequences, the team has also run experiments that involve coronavirus infected people, animals, and cells in lab dishes. The results have shown that the new form of coronavirus is more common and more infectious than any of its previous versions.
4Vaccines are being tested for the new version of the virus
Since the mutation affects the spike protein which is the structure the virus uses to infect the cells, researchers have been checking to see if the virus can be controlled by a vaccine. The current vaccines that are being developed and tested also target the spike protein, although they were made using older strains of the virus.
5Previous studies confirm the mutation made the new form of coronavirus more common
According to the study which was published in the Journal Cell, earlier works confirmed that the new variant of the coronavirus has become the dominant and more common one due to its mutation. This new mutation has been called G614 by researchers and it has almost completely replaced the first version of the virus called D614, which had spread to Europe and the US.