Since November 2020, the United Kingdom has reported an increasing number of COVID-19 patients in London and southeast England. According to reports, this rapid increase is associated with a different version or variant of the virus responsible for causing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Health experts are busy evaluating the different characteristics of this new variant.
What Do People Know About The Virus?
Many studies have helped people to know that viruses have the nature to constantly change themselves through mutation. New variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. There are many studies to claim that new variants can emerge and disappear on their own. Sometimes, these variants emerge and start infecting people around. Many variants of COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and other parts of the globe during the pandemic.
According to researches, the virus which is causing deadly COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. The coronavirus has a large family of viruses and is named for the crown-like spikes on the surfaces. Scientists have observed changes in the virus which include changes to the spikes on the surface of the virus. The info can help to understand how these changes to the virus can affect how it spreads. It will also help to know the reaction of the virus in infected people. The process of research is still going on.
Recent reports have indicated that about 6 out of 10 cases in London have been caused by the new variant. Genetic analysis of the new variant is the evidence that shows changes to the spikes on the virus and also to different parts of it. If initial studies are to be believed, the new variant may spread more easily from person to person if compared with the previous form of the virus. So, scientists in the UK see do not have any proof to prove that the infections caused by the variant may be responsible for more severe diseases.
Things That People Do Not Know:
It can be too early to say anything about the virus. It is still very early in the identification of the variant. So, basically, scientists have many more things to learn. More and more research on the new variant is required to understand. Some of these things may include- how widely the variant can spread in the UK? How potential risks the variant can have? What makes that variant different from earlier variants? How the disease from this variant is different from the disease caused by other variants?
The health officials are studying the new variants to learn more about them. It will help them to control its spread. They are busy understanding its spread, response to medicines, severity, detection through currently available viral tests, the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine, etc. If we talk about the speed of the spread of the virus, it has reached two-third of cases in December 2020.
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