New COVID-19 Variant
March 18, 2021
As everyone begins to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing down, they fail to see the truth. A new COVID-19 variant has begun taking over globally, just as the previous virus is still around. The new mutated variant is 50% more contagious and is less severe than the existing COVID-19(Soucheray para 6). Everyone are still expected to take the existing precautions to avoid getting any sickness.
Scientists have known about SARS-CoV-2 since November 2020, but are now more concerned about the new strain as it went from being relatively rare to more common. According to the CDC, the SARS-CoV-2 variant carries many mutations, such as in the spike protein and a double deletion mutation, “the ability to evade vaccine-induced immunity—would likely be the most concerning because once a large proportion of the population is vaccinated, there will be immune pressure that could favor and accelerate emergence of such variant,”(CDC para 17) it is confirmed that the vaccine will protect individuals from getting the strained variants.
Variant mutations are hard to keep track of because they are continuously mutating. SARS-CoV-2 has continuously mutated but there has not been drastic changes in the virus itself. The variant did have an early mutation called “D614G,” which boosted the virus’ infectiousness. Some scientists are saying that children and teens are just as equally susceptible to getting the new variant just as adults. The CDC says that the scientists do not know how widely the variants have spread nor how it affects existing therapies, vaccines, and tests.
The variant will continue to infect people until it dies out. As long as needed precautions are taken, the living variants will die eventually off.