Mutation of coronavirus? what is that?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
its been almost a year since coronavirus spread throughout the world, and recently we got news about coronavirus.
WHO is studying variants of the corona virus found in the UK and South Africa. The emergence of a new corona virus mutation makes some parties worried. In fact, the British government must again implement a strict lockdown to deal with the emergence of a new variant of the virus.
Three things are coming together that mean it is attracting attention It is rapidly replacing other versions of the virus, It has mutations that affect part of the virus likely to be important, and Some of those mutations have already been shown in the lab to increase the ability of the virus to infect cells.
In regular briefings at WHO headquarters in Geneva, officials said they were continuing to receive data on the variant and there were reports from the UK that the new variant could be more contagious. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters that they are working with scientists to understand how these genetic changes impact the way the virus behaves.
He stressed that the mutation of the corona virus is not new. "Viruses mutate all the time; that's natural and foreseeable," says Tedros.
What can we do?
We can prevent its spread by continuing to apply health protocols recommended by the government, while waiting for further information from WHO regarding this mutant.
Keep your distance, wash your hands and use a mask.