According to reports EconomyNews According to IRNA, Massoud Mardani, stating that the coronavirus has been mutated since the end of September in Britain, said: “In any case, they did not announce this issue, maybe they were not sure about the chromosome mutation of the coronavirus, but some sources say Boris Johnson The British Prime Minister did not deliberately announce this, but in any case, the mutated virus was observed in the south of England and it was immediately clear that in most European countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Italy and even outside the EU such as Lebanon, Australia And it has been seen in many countries.
“The difference between the mutated virus and the previous coronavirus is that it is more contagious,” he said. The rate of pathogenicity and its spread is about 70% to twice as high, and people with the virus can infect others with a small touch. The symptoms are even more severe, but the mortality rate has not changed, and this is a good sign. Is.
“Diagnosis of this virus in some countries may take a long time and many countries may not have the ability to detect chromosomally and genetically, but fortunately in Iran we have the ability to detect this virus by PCR testing,” said a member of the National Corona Anti-Corruption Office. . After being detected by PCR test, chromosomal studies are performed on the virus, and even in recent months, several cases of corona virus mutation, which was different from this British mutation, were first identified in Iran and followed up. .
He added: “In any case, the laboratory method of detecting this virus is a special method, and in many countries it may take weeks or even months to detect the type of virus, and in many countries it is not technically possible to detect the type of virus, perhaps in the Middle East.” Iran and one or two other countries should have such a possibility.
In response to whether the virus may have entered Iran now, Mardani said: “Anything is possible, but so far we have not had a proven case of this mutated virus in Iran.” We must gather all our senses and act immediately if there is a suspicious case. This is the solution. All those who have traveled to foreign countries, including those who have gone abroad for the Christmas holidays and are returning to Iran, must remain in quarantine for at least two weeks after returning, and if they have any symptoms, they must return immediately and take a test. Refrain from kissing and hugging family and friends and approaching others for a while.
A member of the National Corona Headquarters added: “Apart from this important action that all foreign passengers must take, the Ministry of Health will also take a quick test of all foreign passengers at the airport, and if a person is found to be infected, they will immediately enter the positive cycle.” And if that person is found to be from one of the countries infected with the mutated virus, he or she will be examined more closely and specific tests will be performed on him or her.
He said: “I hope that as it has been announced, direct flights from Britain to Iran have been suspended. Of course, there are indirect flights, but in any case, whether there are direct or indirect flights from England to Iran, the Ministry of Health has announced the names of all passengers.” It has British origins and monitors everyone. If they do not do so, it is not a special event and those infected with the new virus will be taken care of and followed up because the virus is not more deadly than the previous virus and we are not worried about this.
“What we are worried about is that the vaccine produced for Covid 19 in the world, for which so much has been worked, is ineffective against the mutated virus, which fortunately studies show, the mutation of the virus and the chromosomal alteration of the virus to such an extent,” Mardani said. It is not necessary to change its general nature that if this happened, they would give another name to the virus and make a new vaccine for it, so the vaccine produced and approved in the world will also affect the mutated virus, and the people who have been approved for the vaccine. They are also immune to this virus.
The infectious disease specialist added: “Now in the UK, when the virus was announced to be mutated, the Pfizer vaccine is being injected into citizens, and this shows that the vaccines produced and approved in the world will most likely also affect this mutated virus.” Prevents disease.
He continued: “My prediction for January, February and winter of this year is that if people are patient and continue to observe hygienic principles, wear masks and restrictions are imposed, the incidence of Covid disease will decrease 19 days day by day and to We are moving towards control and we hope to have a good Eid in 1400 ahead.