The coronavirus epidemic, which has forgotten the world we all know and causes radical changes in all areas of our lives, continues to take thousands of people out of life every day. A new study published today shows that the SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19 has more than 30 mutations.
Scientists around the world continue to seek remedies for the new type of coronavirus disease COVID-19, which has infected more than 2 million people and killed more than 170,000 people to date. The most feared thing in this painful process was that the virus mutated and increased its potency.
New research shows that more than 30 strains have emerged as a result of mutations that the SARS-CoV-2 caused COVID-19. One of the terms we frequently hear about coronavirus, strain is a name given to subgroups that have different antigenic properties belonging to the same bacteria or virus species.
A strain that resulted from a mutation was found to produce 270 times more viruses than its strongest specimen
Sometimes, as a result of some unknown changes, strains capable of causing more severe disease than normal can appear. For example; it was found that a strain of SARS-CoV-2 produced 270 times more viruses than the strongest known specimen.
This could hypothetically explain why some COVID-19 cases are worse than others. The researchers say that the mutations that the SARS-CoV-2 underwent make it much more difficult to fight infection and reduce the power of transmission.
Mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 make it difficult to fight infection
Epidemiologist Li Lanjuan from Zhejiang University in China stated that they have observed mutations that can significantly change SARS-CoV-2 pathogenicity. As part of the research, Li isolated different strains and measured how quickly and effectively they could infect and kill host cells under laboratory conditions.
The study also found that the version of SARS-CoV-2, which spread to Europe and New York, was much stronger than the virus seen in other states of the United States, such as Washington, Li and colleagues say that vaccines and drugs should be urgently developed against COVID-19. calls for a careful examination of the effects of its mutations and taking steps accordingly.