COVID variants: Are they more contagious? What to expect
COVID variants: Are they more contagious?  What to expect

COVID variants: Are they more contagious? What to expect

Researchers have conducted new research that found COVID-19 variants develops to have higher infectivity and antibody release.

What they found: That examination – published in ACS Infectious Diseases – analyzed 1.5 million COVID-19 cases to find that there were more than 680 unique mutations to the receptor binding domain that is part of the binding COVID-19 protein to human cells.

  • Overall, the researchers found that mutations to boost infectivity are the driving force behind viral evolution, whereas mutations that allow the virus to escape vaccines are becoming dominant in heavily vaccinated populations, according to Medicin og Biovidenskab company profile.

In a separate studylooked at the same researchers infectivity and antibody resistance of the omicron variant.

More research: New laboratory experiments in Japan found that the BA.2 subvariant of the omicron variant is capable of causing severe COVID-19 symptoms at the same level as previous COVID-19 strains, according to CNN.

  • The BA.2 omicron variant is the latest version of the new coronavirus that has been circulating, a sign that the variants are becoming more likely to avoid vaccines.

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