Few strains of Covid-19 circulate in Ukraine; they constantly mutate

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the infectious disease doctor, each strain might be less or more aggressive
21:02, 11 November 2020

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A few strains of the coronavirus infection circulate in Ukraine and they constantly mutate, as Ukrinform reported citing infectious disease doctor Svitlana Huk.

“The genome of the coronavirus has 30,000 nucleotides, amino acid sequences. The random replacement of such a sequence during the viral replication provides the possibility of the development of a new strain. A new strain might be less or more aggressive; such mutations make it unviable and so on,” Huk noted.

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She also said that the interactive map works and it traces the variants of the coronavirus spread.

Meanwhile, Huk underlined that the number of strains is unstable and they constantly mutate.

“There are many strains; I got infected with Covid-19 twice – with all signs and four months passed between the cases of infections. It is not the case when I was not examined or treated well. It seems that I was infected with another strain in October,” she added.

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As we reported, Swiss scientists claimed that SARS-CoV-2 mutated and now cases of infection caused by a new strain of coronavirus are being detected in Europe.

Besides, in Norway, the new mutation of SARS-CoV-2 was found; it has never been observed in the country before – it is easier to get infected with it than with the usual form.




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