It has been a year now when the COVID-19 pandemic made people worldwide pause by staying in their houses for several months as instructed by governments in coordination with the World Health Organization. The call for vaccine creation became louder, and pharmaceutical companies heard the people’s demands.
As the economies try to cope and businesses slowly open, more and more people also willingly undergo rapid antigen test to get fit to work certificates.
But, just as coronavirus is seemingly under control, new variants have emerged. There is still so much to learn about the virus, and here are somethings we are about to share to grow your awareness about it.
THE NEW COVID-19 VARIANTS
Bacterial multiplication is a natural process among its genus, but when the multiplication process involves duplication errors, a mutation happens, resulting in another form of the same kind. COVID-19 that came from the virus strain SARS-CoV-2 has new variants. The said new variants make health experts worry because of their fast ability to hook themselves to human cells.
The variants are B.1.1.7, identified as the UK variant, B.1.351, the South Africa variant, and P.1, which emerged from Brazil.
ARE THE NEW COVID-19 VARIANTS MORE CONTAGIOUS?
Among the 3 new variants, the B.1.1.7 found in the UK exhibits high transmissibility, followed by the B.1.351, and P.1 mutations. However, despite the fast transmission of the said viruses, there is still not enough proof that the new strains cause slighter or more severe diseases.
CAN THIS VIRUS POTENTIALLY MUTATE ANY FURTHER?
Viruses are said to be unpredictable. There is no observable behavior that SARS-CoV-2 can mutate as it is currently controlling its environment, but keep in mind that this could still change at any moment.
In this infographic by Harley Medic International, know more details about COVID-19 and tell us how we can help you.
Infographic Source: https://www.harleymedic.co.uk/things-you-didnt-know-about-the-covid-19-mutation/