The report on February 25 stated that the world is being attacked by the “X-virus” (new coronavirus mutation). It’s like a hit movie “X-Men”.
The “X-Men” series of films tells the story of a group of extraordinary people who are hated, distrusted and misunderstood by the wider human society. They have superpowers that are generated by mutation.
This story is happening with the new crown virus currently spreading all over the world.
According to the latest CNBC report, the British government confirmed on Wednesday that a second new and potentially more infectious variant of the new coronavirus has emerged. The World Health Organization said that so far, Denmark, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Australia have discovered this new virus variant. Although mankind still has many unknowns about this new virus, neighboring European countries have closed their borders with Britain.
As the United States currently averages at least 2,000 people die from the new coronavirus infection every day, more and more Americans plan to stay at home this holiday and weekend. The media predicts that compared with the same period last year, the number of American trips between this Christmas and the end of the holiday on January 3 next year will be reduced by at least 29%.
According to the report, the mere mention of the rapidly spreading new coronavirus is enough to make ordinary people feel scared. However, the new coronavirus is still mutating involuntarily, and it has been mutating all the time. Through virus testing conducted in various countries, many new mutations and changes in virus structure have been discovered.
As of December 23, the U.S. epidemic curve shows a rapid upward trend
Scientists say that mutation allows these viruses to infect different cells and organisms more effectively, which is the main reason why they survive and are difficult to remove. But not all mutations make it more toxic.
Scientists say that in some cases, mutation can give a virus great lethality. For example, the virus that caused the 1918 influenza pandemic is considered to have undergone a mutation during that period, making it even more deadly.
Just like the X-Men with super powers, their super powers come from the mutation of human genes.
X-Men series movie posters
But most virus mutations will not have such an impact. Currently, there is no evidence that the new version of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) discovered in the UK is more destructive than other variants. Although British health officials said that the virus seems to spread faster; Moncef Slaoui, the head of the US new crown vaccine project and chief scientific adviser, said that there is no conclusive evidence to prove this.
Whether it’s getting better or worse, mutation will only happen when the virus grows and spreads.
In an interview, Dr. Anthony Fuci, senior adviser on infectious diseases to the U.S. government, said, “As we continue to track them, I will not be surprised by the discovery of viral mutations, and we are capable of dealing with these similar mutations. .
The most effective way to stop the virus from replicating is to avoid infection, either by maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, or by using new vaccines that are being introduced by countries around the world.
Dr. Fauci said that when the new coronavirus “rapidly and extensively” replicates on a large scale, it will mutate. “
According to global epidemic data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, there have been at least 212,000 new confirmed cases and at least 2,669 new coronavirus infection-related deaths in the United States every day in the past seven days.
As of December 25, there were more than 78.93 million confirmed cases of new crown infection worldwide and at least 1.73 million deaths worldwide; among them, the United States had more than 18.49 million cases and at least 326,800 deaths.