Things change. They grow, learn, and do whatever it takes to reach its goal. The Covid-19 virus is no exception to this rule. Deviations from the original formula happen in order to facilitate the spread of germs. Unfortunately, this raises a lot of questions without providing many answers. It is difficult to determine whether the virus will respond to medication, evade the vaccine, or even cause a more severe reaction in people. These concerns may not be easily confronted, that is true. However, there is still information available about the many variations that plague our country; specifically, the top four currently running rampant.
The first variant of concern is the B.1.1.7 mutation. It was originally discovered in Britain and now can be found in at least 28 states. This particular version has the potential to worsen the pandemic due to more protein in the spikes. The aforementioned spikes allow the germs to attach to healthy cells.
The next variation is called the B.1.351. It was first detected in South Africa and reported in South Carolina. According to the World Health Organization, it has been detected in at least 30 other countries. This version is particularly frightening because scientists are unsure if the vaccine could immunize a person to this variety.
The next mutation’s origin started out in Brazil before making its way to Minnesota. It is called P.1. Unfortunately, there is concern that the P.1 variation may increase the possibility of re-infection for individuals. So even if you have had the virus, please be cautious to follow Covid-19 guidelines and stay safe.
The last variation, L452R, was found in California and is making its way through the rest of the states. Interestingly, the spread itself may not be because the virus is highly transmissible. It could be because it was prevalent during a time of high frivolous human activity. This goes to show that caution must be taken even for the least transmittable viruses.
Unfortunately, this pandemic isn’t going to get better until people “try harder to prevent spread until vaccination can be sped up” (CNN health). The only way to do this is to wear masks, social distance, and clean hands, as well as stay home if you don’t feel well.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention – About Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19 | CDC
CNN Health – New coronavirus variants: where they come from and what we know about them – CNN
Washington State Department of Health – COVID-19 Variants :: Washington State Department of Health