Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Another new coronavirus variant in the UK

Scientists have recognized a replacement coronavirus variant within the UK with several potentially disturbing changes.

B.1.525 is analogous to the South African variant, which led to door-to-door testing within the area where it had identified.

So far, researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found 38 cases. 2 in Wales and 36 in England during a sample from December.

It has been seen in other countries including Denmark, Nigeria and therefore the United States.

British experts are studying it to seek out out what the risks are.

It’s too early to mention whether it should be added to Britain’s “options for attention” list. Also whether mass testing should happen. So for now it’s “an option under investigation”.

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Professor Ravi Gupta of the University of Cambridge is one in every of the students advising the govt about the threat of latest and emerging viruses.

He said B.1.525 looked as if it would have “significant mutations” already seen in several other new coronavirus variants.

“It’s comforting because we will predict how that’s likely to happen.”

Professor Yvonne Doyle of Public Health England (PHE) said, “PHE is closely monitoring data on new options and where public health interventions are needed, such as additional testing and better contact tracing”.

“There is currently no evidence that this mutation causes more severe disease or increased tolerability”.

“Pay attention”

One of the changes that B.1.525 has may be a change called E484K – also found within the Brazilian and South African versions. that may help the virus bypass a number of the body’s defenses.

Other changes make it almost like Brits version of Kent. Which experts say is more contagious than the first version of the coronavirus that started the pandemic.

The worry is that the virus is changing in a very way which will allow it to spread easily and escape the vaccine we now should fight with Covid.

The current ones are being developed around earlier versions of the coronavirus. But scientists believe they still need to work against the new variants seen now, whether or not they will not be entirely good.

Prof Gupta and colleagues run tests within the lab and say mutations like E484K pose a threat to vaccines.

Scientists are performing on a replacement vaccine which will be better suited to the new variant if needed before the following winter.

Professor Andrew Hayward, an epidemiologist at University College London, said. “Fortunately, it doesn’t appear to be spreading any faster than other strains and continues to be a awfully, very low level”.

“With of these options, we actually should keep an eye fixed on them. Because we do not know what they go to do”.

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