The latest findings on the most mutated COVID variant in Indonesia, which has left scientists alarmed. In May this year, the WHO removed the coronavirus from the category of Global Health Emergency, leading many to believe that the pandemic was nearing its end. However, recent developments in Indonesia have revealed a startling truth – the coronavirus is still evolving. Scientists in India’s neighboring country have discovered a new variant of COVID-19 that is more deadly and dangerous than the previously feared Omicron variant. This newly identified variant boasts 113 unique mutants, making it a significant cause for concern among the global medical community.
Unveiling the most mutated COVID variant
Indonesia’s scientists have identified the newest and deadliest variant of COVID-19. Previously, the Omicron variant, with its 50 mutants, was considered the most lethal and fast-infecting strain. However, the variant discovered in Indonesia surpasses even Omicron with its 113 unique mutants.
Understanding the Danger of most mutated COVID variant
The spike protein found on the surface of the virus plays a crucial role in helping the virus attach to and enter human cells. Most COVID-19 vaccines target and attack these spike proteins, strengthening the body’s immune system against the virus. However, the presence of these unique mutants can significantly alter the spike protein’s structure, rendering it more dangerous and challenging to combat.
Origin and Vulnerability
Researchers reveal that this new variant originated from an old COVID-19 patient who has been battling the infection for months. Such patients often have compromised immune systems due to conditions like AIDS or undergoing chemotherapy, making them more susceptible to the virus’s mutations.
Concerns Over Chronic Infections
Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading, emphasizes the main concern in chronic infections – the potential for new variants to emerge even in individuals who have previously developed immunity to the coronavirus. This latest variant has been deposited in the World Genomics Database, showcasing the ongoing efforts to track and understand these mutations.
As scientists continue to study this new variant, the global medical community remains on high alert. The ever-changing nature of the coronavirus poses unique challenges, demanding further research and cooperation among countries. With continued efforts to vaccinate and implement preventive measures, the world strives to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and its dangerous variants.