A new strain of the corona virus that has been identified in parts of the UK except Northern Ireland has been reported to be 70 percent more contagious than the original, common type of the virus that has infected Covid-19.
According to ISNA, despite the introduction of new measures by European countries from the Netherlands to Belgium and Italy to cut off travel to Britain, there is a public concern and question whether the mutated form of the coronavirus, in addition to being more contagious, causes a more severe type. Does Covid-19 disease occur in patients? After all, does the mutation mean that the vaccines discovered against Covid-19 are ineffective?
Susan Hopkins, an expert at the British Center for Public Health, told Sky News that the new virus, called VUI-202012/01, has a well-defined genetic makeup that has been identified in Denmark and Australia in addition to the UK. Is. According to him, this virus is very similar to the mutated types of Crohn’s virus, which have also been reported in South Africa and the Netherlands.
Hopkins explained that this type of corona virus was first observed in the disease body last September, but the complete sequence of its genome was identified in November. According to him, this type of corona virus did not show any special features at first, and for this reason, researchers considered it as one of the many mutations that a virus normally makes and then dies.
“But in late November, researchers wondered why the spread of the coronavirus in some areas was not declining, despite increasing public restrictions; “This led to careful clinical, behavioral and epidemiological research and sequencing of the cornea virus genome, and it was found that a new clone of the corona virus was spreading in those areas.”
According to Hopkins, the results of the study, which was released to the British government on December 18, show that the new type of corona virus has become much more contagious.
He added that the modeling of Imperial College London made it possible to compare the more contagious nature of this species with its predecessors, which seems to be 70% inadequate to express the rate of increase in its rate of transmission; However, the rate was 43% in the south-east of Britain and 62% and 59% in the east and east of the United Kingdom, respectively.
Hopkins notes that the new virus does not appear to have become more dangerous or deadly, given the lack of significant increases in deaths from Covid-19 disease in recent weeks. There is also no conclusive evidence that the virus is becoming more difficult to treat or that the virus is resistant to the corona vaccine.
“Despite the fact that vaccines usually stimulate the surface of the immune system, which also counteracts the mutated type of the virus, he noted that definitive results on the true effects of the more coronary artery virus within the next two weeks and the results of research New Imperial College London and several partner institutions of this university will be identified.
Meanwhile, Evan Bernie, deputy director of the European Biomolecular Identification Laboratory, told the Guardian that if the new strain of the coronavirus had a major impact on the severity of the disease, there would be evidence to date.
Bernie added that despite the dramatic increase in the spread of the virus, the number of patients admitted to hospitals has not increased significantly.
He also noted that vaccines are being tested against different types of a virus and that there is currently no reason for the Covid-19 vaccine to be ineffective.
Professor Chris Whitty, the British government’s chief health adviser, also told Sky News that there was currently no evidence of an increase in deaths from the new corona virus or the ineffectiveness of approved vaccines and treatments.
Federico Georgii, a researcher at the University of Bologna who has focused his research on mutated strains of the coronavirus over the past year, told Science Daily that current treatments for Covid-19, including vaccines, may work against all strains of the virus.
According to Euronews, this is not the first time the Corona virus has mutated since the beginning of the epidemic. So far, at least seven mutated strains of the virus have been identified worldwide, but what makes the new strain important is its high rate of transmission.
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