The latest on COVID 19 variants
All viruses mutate. Although the Covid-19 virus has a function that “proofreads and fixes” transcription errors when it replicates, errors still get through. The virus will continue to change the more it circulates. When a virus contains at least one new change to the original virus, it is known as a variant. Here is some information about the latest on Covid-19 variants.
A virus’s only purpose is to replicate itself and spread. Because a virus can only do that in live cells, it doesn’t intentionally harm you. The virus uses your living cells as factories to make more viruses. We blame much of the illness brought on by the Covid-19 virus on your body’s powerful immune response. For example, lower respiratory illness results from macrophage white blood cells that fight against the virus.
Some variants of Covid-19, Delta and Omicron, are spreading more easily between people. We know we can protect from the virus and its new variants by
- Getting vaccinated when it’s your turn
- Keeping a safe distance when you’re with other people
- Opening windows when possible
- Wearing a mask, especially indoors
- Always covering coughs and sneezes
- Washing hands often
What we saw in November 2021
In November 2021 we saw a subvariant mutation of Omicron BA.1 and this contributed to winter spikes of COVID-19 infections. Researchers are monitoring subvariant BA.2 and scientists suspect that its rapid growth is thanks to its unique mutations. In the gene for the spike protein on the surface of the virus, BA.2 has eight mutations not found in BA.1.
What does this mean?
Omicron is easier to catch and caused the decline in reduced cases but scientists doubt that there will be a spike as we enter into the milder months.
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Source nytimes.com and World Health Organization