You may have read that a more aggressive and contagious form of coronavirus is emerging in the United States. However, experts say that according to NPR there is no need to worry that the virus may be more harmful.
How the news spread
A study by the Los Alamos National Laboratory concluded that a mutation of the novel coronavirus occurred in Europe in February and has spread since then. The preprint was published online and was not published in a scientific journal. This means that he has not been peer reviewed to see if the results are valid.
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Various news agencies reported the results after finding the study published online.
Here's why you shouldn't worry.
A virus mutation is normal, but these changes do not mean that the virus is more dangerous or easily transmitted, says COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium scientific project manager Ewan Harrison
"Viruses naturally mutate as part of their life cycle" , Harrison to NPR .
Although some mutations can change the spread of the virus, others may not do anything. Experts agree that there is currently no evidence that the mutation mentioned in the article changes the spread of this virus or whether it could make you more ill, NPR reported. Discussions among scientists also suggest that this mutation will not fail current attempts to produce a vaccine.
Experts even spoke about the new finding.
"This preprint has attracted attention. It claims that the SARS-CoV-2 virus mutates into a more communicable form in the course of the pandemic. I think these claims are, to say the least, suspect," said Bill Hange. associate professor at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, published on Twitter.
Conclusion: There is no reason to add a coronavirus concern to your life.