February 18 – Variant COVID-19 has appeared in many countries around the world. American scientists have found that variant virus strains from the United Kingdom have combined with variant virus strains from California, United States, forming new virus strains.
This is the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, variant COVID-19 has been found. Scientists are temporarily unknown about the impact of the new strain, but they are worried that it will bring about a new stage of the pandemic.
According to the New York Post, Bette Korber, a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, USA, found the first British variant virus strain B.1 in a sample. .1.7 A combination of virus mixed with the California variant strain B.1.429.
She unveiled the study at a meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences in early February, pointing out that different from ordinary variant viruses, which have only one variant at a time, synthroviruses can variant multiple times at a time.
Kobel said that the genetic recombination of this combined virus has been found from only thousands of gene arrangements for the time being. It is not certain whether this is accidental. Perhaps the virus has spread from person to person.
She pointed out that the combination virus found this time has both the susceptibility of B.1.1.7 and the resistance of B.1.429, and she is worried that the combination of variant viruses will make the pandemic more serious.
However, Sergei Pond, a biological researcher specializing in viral variants at Temple University in Pennsylvania, believes that the mixing between COVID-19 is very common, and there is no evidence of a large number of synthused viruses.