In an article from the New York Times, scientists writing a study have discovered that there are possibly new variants that are creating mutations that could possibly affect people more effectively and easily than the virus gene. The protein spikes latch onto human cells vigorously then moves on releasing their genes into the human body affecting close cells. The scientists involved in the research gathered positive coronavirus test results to try and factor out how the mutations are being created due to the variants. They also stated that the 677 mutations have altered the spike protein that is close to the spot where our proteins will nick the virus.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, who is a chief scientist at World Health Organization (WHO), recently talked about the new variant that is N501Y mutation. This mutation has the same effects as the coronavirus, in terms of how it is transferred from one person to the next. The N501Y mutation was found in the UK and South Africa, and researchers have found that it spreads more quickly and is more infectious.
From reading both articles and gaining a better understanding of the coronavirus and the new variants being created and causing these mutations, I think the same way it is recommended to slow the spread of the virus is the same way we should be treating these new mutations. As Dr. Swaminathan said, we have to keep following the same guidelines that have been set out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep these viruses at bay.
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