Coronavirus Mutates Into Now-Dominant, More Contagious Form As Doctors Ponder 'East Coast vs. West Coast' Strains
The bit about East Coast v. West Coast seems a bit speculative, as I read it. However, it's not good news--even though it was pretty much expected.
A new study from Los Alamos National Laboratory has revealed a new, now-dominant strain of the coronavirus which appears to be more contagious, according to the authors.
More contagious, but not necessarily more deadly. However, it also means that, like the flu, the Wuhan coronavirus presents a moving target for vaccine researchers.
Zerohedge also quotes an LATimes story about other implications--reinfection prominent among them:
In addition to spreading faster, it may make people vulnerable to a second infection after a first bout with the disease, the report warned.
The 33-page report was posted Thursday on BioRxiv, a website that researchers use to share their work before it is peer reviewed, an effort to speed up collaborations with scientists working on COVID-19 vaccines or treatments. That research has been largely based on the genetic sequence of earlier strains and might not be effective against the new one. -LA Times (via Yahoo)