A new study shows that the Covid-19 virus continues to mutate throughout the pandemic. Experts believe that as coronavirus cases in the United States begin to rise again, it may become more contagious.
A new American study analyzed 5,000 genetic sequences of the virus, and the mutation continued to mutate as it spread among the population. According to a report in the Washington Post, the study did not find that mutations in the virus made it more lethal or altered its effects, even though it might become easier to catch. Viruses all have mutations, and these mutations are almost meaningless.
David Morens, a virologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that this new study should not be over-explained, but should be added that the virus may have a potential for public health interventions such as social distancing The measures are responsive.
He said: “All of these are barriers to transmission or contagion, but as the virus becomes more infectious, it is statistically more able to bypass these barriers.”
Morens pointed out that this may mean that the virus may continue to mutate even after the vaccine is available, which means that the vaccine must be patched-just like the flu vaccine is replaced every year.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the past two weeks, Covid-19 cases have increased by more than 5% in 20 states.
The United States saw 38,204 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to close to 6.9 million. More than 200,000 people died in the country on Tuesday, with 300 to 1,000 deaths every day.
The United States continues to be the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
The latest increase in cases is concentrated in the West and Midwest, with a surge in cases in Colorado, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Montana. The number of summer cases in Texas has skyrocketed, while the number of cases in Texas has increased significantly in the past few days, with more than 11,000 new cases reported on Monday.
Public health experts said that it is now too early to judge whether the rise in cases was due to the short-term rise caused by the Labor Day holiday gathering in early September, or it was too early, or because the weather in many areas and people began to cool down. Is this the beginning of an upward trend? Enter the room. Experts warn that in addition to reopening K-12 schools and university campuses, both incidents may lead to an increase in cases.
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Robert Redfield (Robert Redfield), highlighted the data showing that young Americans are driving the increase in cases during a hearing in Congress on Wednesday. According to Redfield, people between the ages of 18 and 25 account for 26% of new coronavirus cases, the largest of all age groups.
Redfield also stated that more than 90% of the US population is still vulnerable to Covid-19, which breaks any belief in the development of universal immunity.