The US discovered 7 new variants of the corona virus

The US discovered 7 new variants of the corona virus


A new study has uncovered up to 7 new variants with the same corona virus mutation in the US.

According to the New York Times, these new variants of the corona virus have been discovered in many states across the United States. Although the extent of their spread is unknown, this is still more than enough to worry researchers.

Jeremy Kamil, virologist at Louisiana State University’s Shreveport Medical Science Center, and co-author of the study, told the New York Times that “clearly something’s going on with the surge. This variable ”.

Experts at Duke University (USA) are sequencing genes of the corona virus. Photo: New York Times

Kamil said he discovered new variants while sequencing the corona virus samples, and found they had mutations on the same amino acid. According to the New York Times, scientists fear these variants could penetrate more easily into human cells.

Shreveport Center virologist also said that all the virus strains he found have the same “strain”. And after entering their genomes into online databases used by other scientists, he learned that a variant with the same genetic mutations had been discovered in the state of New Mexico.

It is estimated that the corona virus variant detected by Jeremy Kamil dates from December 1, 2020, while the marine body discovered in New Mexico dates from October 2020, however, the variables are unknown. When did this form actually first appear. Virus samples across the United States may have similar variants, but due to limitations in genetic sequencing, how common they are is difficult to grasp.

The above study has yet to be officially approved. Experts told the New York Times that more experiments are needed to fully evaluate whether these variations of the corona virus affect the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Previously, more contagious variants of the corona virus have been discovered in many other parts of the world. For example, variant B.1.1.7, first discovered in the UK, is rated 35% to 45% more likely to be transmitted, and 30% to 70% higher mortality. % compared with original corona virus strain. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts B.1.1.7 will be the most common variant of the corona virus in March.

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