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New Strands of COVID-19

Throughout December 2020, new strands of COVID 19 have been found and they are dangerous mutations of the original airborne virus. All RNA viruses will mutate over time, therefore, the new strands of COVID19 are not a surprise to most scientists as it was expected. Just like the flu, you must get vaccines periodically so that new genetic mutations are taken care of. Scientists are hoping that previous vaccines can give some sort of support for new and future mutations of the virus. The first mutation was found in Southeastern England in September 2020, the mutation is known as B.1.1.7. Rapidly, B.1.1.7 became the most common version of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom; it made up for 60% of new COVID-19 cases in December. Other variants have emerged in South Africa, Brazil, California and other areas. Although the new variants have not introduced a deadly symptom or effect it has made the COVID 19 virus more contagious than the original strand. This means that although people will not have a higher chance of dying, there is a higher probability that they may get the virus. New strands have found themselves infecting more children than seen before so the virus can spread through the kid’s family. Scientists say that there will be new versions of the virus in the future and the human race has to be ready to face it.

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