Viral Mutations

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There’s a lot of politics being slung around when it comes to the coronavirus. It will only intensify as people make runs on toilet paper at Costco and empty the shelves of water bottles, and as the stock markets bounces like a yo-yo, losing and gaining a trillion here and a trillion there.

One of my early concerns was that COVID-19 would mutate and based on research, that happened. There is COVID-19L, which is more aggressive, and COVID-19S, which is a milder infection and looks more like the flu that we’re familiar with. (more here)

Researchers say there are now two types of the same coronavirus infecting people – and most people seem to have caught the most aggressive form of it. 
At least 93,000 people have been infected around the world and almost 3,200 have died, while 50,000 have recovered from the disease. 
The team of experts from Beijing and Shanghai said 70 per cent of people have caught the most aggressive strain of the virus but that this causes such bad illness that it has struggled to spread since early January.

Areas with rudimentary medical care, such as inland China and Iran seem to be getting the worst of it, but there is a lesson in this and it is that the virus can mutate in different directions and a vaccine for one strain may not be effective against another.

8 thoughts on “Viral Mutations

  1. No, and the various news outlets are running with it. There is also the story out of Hong Kong showing dog-to-human transmission of COVID-19. I'm not a hysteria nut and I'm getting ready to get on yet another airplane soon, but it doesn't mean that this isn't a problem.

    I understand the administration wanting to play some of the crazy down, hoarding water, making runs on Costco, etc. (Buy Costco stock) but this ENGINEERED virus will be a problem to us and to our children. Anything that's 1000 times more contagious than the regular flu and makes people sick, and mutates that quickly is going to be a problem. The wicked mutations that kill people don't spread as quickly because people die and that's it. However this thing will change and change over time and even if it's a mild flu to some people, it will lower their overall immunity and the more virulent strains can hit them again because the virus will have changed.

    We have heard about this happening in Hubei province (where Wuhan is) for well over a month now.

  2. I'm no expert but it doesn't seem as though the CDC's been especially competent. Speaking of which, good work, elites, outsourcing everything including medicine to China.

  3. If this is proved to be a bio engineered virus from a Chinese lad, just what is our response going to be? Are we just going to let it slide, " some biologist had a slip-up, move along"?

    Second, what are they going to do? Is the next step another attack, like a stuxnet type thing?

    Not considering that this may be more than an accident, or at least an accident that opens up other paths, would not be smart. Hopefully there are some people thinking about this.

  4. This is only "just the flu" if your basis for comparison is 1918 Spanish flu.
    I notice that they are being very low key about another issue with this flu "Infection does not confer immunity".
    Great.
    Kung-Flu, the gift that keeps on giving.

    DanH

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