Coronavirus does not mutate but does not imply that it is safe says WHO

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Coronavirus does not mutate but does not imply that it is safe says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that many researchers around the globe are investigating coronavirus and that neither genome sequence shows that the virus mutates to become more dangerous.

Till date WHO reported around 6,416,828 confirmed cases, 382,867 deaths as of 4:17 p.m. CEST, 4 June 2020.

According to the CNN report, many scientists around the world are studying coronavirus and there is no evidence of genome sequence that the virus is mutating to become more dangerous.

However, WHO warns that the pandemic doesn’t get more dangerous.

The WHO epidemiologist for infectious diseases, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, said that “over 40,000 complete genome sequences are available.”

“So since it is a coronavirus – it is an RNA virus – natural changes occur in that virus that can be predicted over time,” she said. “What about a coronavirus are the viruses? In general, RNA viruses, such as influenza and coronaviruses, are more volatile and mutation-prone than viruses that replicate DNA.

“The ability of the virus itself to spread or cause more serious disease has never been shown to be affected until now by any modifications,” added van Kerkhove.

However, Van Kerkhove said that the virus is not spreading harder. She said, “People are growing tired. The measures necessary to prevent the spread of the virus, for example social distancing, may become lax. “Every action is very hard to sustain and we have to remain vigilant and strong,” she said.

Since lock-downs are lifted, people around the world may have to reintroduce certain ‘social measures, which may frustrate people,” Van Kerkhove said.

And it is important that no-one is complacent, far from over. ‘And that in some sense could make the virus more risky because people become complacent.’

Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, said that the Virus is still stable, but added that “this is already a dangerous virus”.

Coronavirus does not mutate but does not imply that it is safe says WHO

Rajat Singh
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