As if we haven’t had enough problems with COVID-19, now scientists have found a new type of coronavirus which is also worldwide. This new strain has become more violent and contagious than the recent outbreak of COVID-19.
Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have picked up on the latest study where the new virus showed up in Europe in February. It has entered the United States and spread faster than the recent strain of coronavirus from the Eastern Coast. Throughout March, it has been spreading, according to the scientists’ reports.
The report warns those who battled with the first strain of coronavirus are more vulnerable to catching the second infection. A 33-page report showed up on the BioRxiv website last Thursday to share the information on the newest studies.
The scientists hoped to achieve a speedy process for a vaccination or treatment while working on the current virus we are facing. In hopes of finding the cure for this virus, scientists are now saying there is no telling if the same treatments or vaccines will work on this new strain of coronavirus. There is a possibility it may not be as effective, which is scary.
The new report shows the mutation affects the exterior of the virus and can enter and attach itself to the human respiratory cells. Those who wrote the reports are saying they wanted to put forth an “urgent need for an early warning.” The objective is to make the treatments and vaccines from around the world able to combat this new virus effectively.
Scientists and researchers are saying the new strain showed up quickly and did more damage than the coronavirus, which came from Wuhan, China. Within a few weeks, the new virus became dominant over COVID-19. No one knows why this virus became more predominant over COVID-19. Still, the studies show it is more dangerous, according to the report.
In a nutshell, the best explanation is this new virus has already made its way around the world and is currently what is infecting everyone who is ill. The mutation has made the virus more violent than anything any scientists have ever seen. So, would a cure for COVID-19 work at all? Only time will tell.
The virus is working like people who design new technology. Every time the consumers get used to a particular device on the market, something else comes out that is new and fades out the old stuff. That is what is happening here. This new virus is attacking COVID-19 and taking over while it is fading the old pandemic out.
Tests were taken from over 6,000 coronavirus cases from all over the world. The Global Initiative for Sharing All Influenza Data, which is a public-private group out of Germany, gathered the information and came up with the studies for the report.
For each case, the studies came back, showing the new version of coronavirus taking over the COVID-19. This explains why it was so hard to find a treatment or cure immediately.
Studies from scientists at Duke University, the Los Alamos team, and the University of Sheffield in England discovered there were 14 different mutations from the same COVID-19. The report states how the mutation known as D614G was the reason for all the spread across the world so quickly. Basically, it made it almost impossible to contain.
The study leader Bette Korber, a computational biologist at Los Alamos, posted on Facebook, “The story is worrying, as we see a mutated form of the virus very rapidly emerging, and over the month of March becoming the dominant pandemic form. When viruses with this mutation enter a population, they rapidly begin to take over the local epidemic; thus, they are more transmissible.”
Korber added to her Facebook post her own feelings to the findings. She wrote, “This is hard news, but please don’t only be disheartened by it. Our team at LANL was able to document this mutation and its impact on transmission only because of a massive global effort of clinical people and experimental groups, who make new sequences of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) in their local communities available as quickly as they possibly can.”
There is also a timeline of events beginning from last year when the virus was discovered or said to have been discovered. It covered from late February when the first case of COVID-19 was found in the state of Washington to March 15 when the new strain took control.