While the pandemic continued to take a toll at the global healthcare system, scientists in Houston on Wednesday released a study which added to the prevailing corona scare. According to the study conducted on more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus revealed that the virus is continuously mutating and is potentially evolving.
The research released on Wednesday stated that mutation is associated with a higher viral load among patients upon initial diagnosis. “The virus continues to see tens of thousands of new, confirmed infections daily — the virus has had abundant opportunities to change, potentially with troublesome consequences,” said study author James Musser of Houston Methodist Hospital.
It was also found that patients with that the mutated strain of coronavirus carried more virus particles than other people, meaning they were probably more infectious. However, the scientist heaved a sigh of relief as they did not find that these mutations have made the virus deadlier.
“As people gain immunity, either through infections or a vaccine, the virus could be under selective pressure to evade the human immune response,” the study further reads.
“Wearing masks, washing our hands, all those things are barriers to transmissibility or contagion, but as the virus becomes more contagious it statistically is better at getting around those barriers,” said Morens, senior adviser to Anthony Fauci, the director of the NIAID.