A high-risk strain … a structural mutation of the Coronavirus


02:35 AM

Friday 09 October 2020

A remote area near the southernmost point of the South American continent has witnessed a second violent wave of the emerging corona virus in the past few weeks, while scientists in Chile are studying a possible mutation of the virus.

A second wave of the Corona virus struck the Magalan region, in Chile, after marked increases in Corona infections last September after the first wave this year.
Scientists in Chile are studying the possibility of a mutation of the Corona virus, after discovering “structural changes” in the protrusions of the Corona virus that distinguish its coronary shape and enable it to bind to the patient’s cells, according to Sky News.
Marcelo Navaretti, a doctor at Magallan University, said in an interview with “Reuters”, that research is underway to better understand the potential mutation and its effects on humans, knowing that the occurrence of mutations is a characteristic of most known viruses.

“The only thing we know so far is that this coincides with a second, very intense wave in the region,” he added.

Other studies outside Chile have also indicated that the Corona virus can evolve while adapting to its human hosts.

A preliminary study that analyzed the structure of the virus after two waves of infection in the American city of Houston concluded that a highly contagious strain dominated the modern samples.

Navaretti acknowledged that similar spikes have occurred elsewhere, but said the relative isolation and harsh climate in the cold and windy Magallan region may have exacerbated their effects.

Scientists say that the mutations may make the virus more capable of infection, but they do not necessarily make it more deadly, nor do they prevent the effectiveness of any possible vaccine.


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