How Many Coronavirus Strains are There?
The COVID-19 is Mutating, Most mutations are useless, but every so often, a mutation will improve a virus’s ability to infect people.
What We Know About the New Variants!
Two mutations of the virus called variants are worrying health experts.
It’s impossible to predict how those virus changes might affect what happens. But change is just what viruses do.
Given the swift spread of the new variants, experts suspect the new strains contain mutations that make it easier for the virus to bind to our cells.
Still, more studies are needed to understand the mutations and the impact they could have on the pandemic.
Some medical experts have sounded the alarm that the new variant could potentially be resistant to vaccines or medications.
The strain, thought to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the original strain, has already been detected in several locations in the United States.
South Africa Variant (B.1.351 lineage)
The new strain is circulating around the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in November.
P.1: The Brazilian variant
P.1 was first detected in early January 2021 in travelers from Brazil who were tested upon entering Japan. P.1 contains 17 unique mutations.
India’s COVID-19 Variant
Its official name is B.1.617, aka “double mutant”, it actually carries 13 mutations, 7 of which are in the spike protein.