According to the World Health Organization, British authorities have noticed a newly mutated coronovirus strain, but many unanswered questions remain.
Mutations are not necessarily something for better or worse; It simply means a change. An organism, in this case an antigen, mutates to adapt to a better opportunity for survival or it carries defective symptoms that can lead to its demise.
“We are aware of this genetic variant reported in approximately 1,000 individuals in England,” WHO’s head of emergency programs Mike Ryan said in a news briefing on Monday. “Authorities in Britain are seeing its importance. We have seen many variants, this virus develops and changes over time. “
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It remains unclear whether the variant makes the virus more severe, transmitted, or interferes with diagnostics or vaccine effectiveness, Ryan said.
On Wednesday morning there were reports of a version of the virus amid new coronovirus restrictions affecting London and other parts of the UK as UK case counts continued to rise. The toughest Tier 3 restrictions prohibit socially indoors, and bars, pubs and restaurants have to be closed except for takeout. People are asked to minimize their inner or field trips and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people should not make trips to central London to do Christmas shopping.
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COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium professor Nick Lowman told the BBC that the variants have many surprising mutations.
“It’s a surprisingly large number of mutations, more than we would expect, and something interesting to look at,” said Loman, who also reported that the mutation is most prevalent in areas with the highest burden of cases.
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The professor said there are “two notable sets of mutations” located in the spike protein, which the virus uses to bind healthy cells.
Another professor warned that it was too early to reach any conclusion.
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“We know it has a type, we don’t know anything about what it means biologically,” Professor Alan McNally of the University of Birmingham told the BBC. . “
“We have no information to suggest that any of this is the case,” Ryan continued, speaking to diagnose or interfere with vaccine efficacy. “That’s why every time we see an important version, we need to take time to assess its importance.”
Fox News’ Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.