Scientists detect G614, new mutation of coronavirus

Source : 112 Ukraine

It spreads faster, but it's less pathogenic and patients tend to cope with symptoms easier
08:50, 3 July 2020


An international group of scientists discovered a new mutation of coronavirus, G614. It appears to spread faster than the common form of Covid-19. CNN reported that with a reference to a research published in the Cell magazine. 

"The researchers call the new mutation G614, and they show that it has almost completely replaced the first version to spread in Europe and the US, one called D614. “Our global tracking data show that the G614 variant in Spike has spread faster than D614,” theoretical biologist Bette Korber of Los Alamos National Laboratory and colleagues wrote in their report. “We interpret this to mean that the virus is likely to be more infectious,” they add. “Interestingly, we did not find evidence of G614 impact on disease severity”, reads the story.

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British professor Lawrence Young assumes that the new version of coronavirus is less pathogenic and patients tend to cope with symptoms easier, and it could be good news.

The researchers maintain that G614 quickly spreads in the upper airways - nose, throat and sinuses. That explains the reason why patients suffer less painful symptoms.

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