BLOG #150

BLOG #150

BLOG #150

BLOG #150(1)

BLOG #150(1)

HOW DID THIS NEW VARIANT ARISE?

South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travelers to Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel.

The coronavirus mutates as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying genetic changes, often just die out. Scientists monitor COVID-19 sequences for mutations that could make the disease more transmissible or deadly, but they cannot determine that simply by looking at the virus. They must compare the pattern of disease in outbreaks to the genetic sequences. Determining whether there is an actual connection can take time.

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The viral anxiety continues. Vaccine hesitation encourages novel viral development encourages Hypervigilance .
La ansiedad viral continúa. La vacilación de las vacunas fomenta el desarrollo de nuevos virus y contribuye a la hipervigilancia.

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