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A team of experts from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) analyzed virus samples from recent outbreaks across the state and found that New variable It is becoming more common than previously thought.
Two studies will be published in the next few days proving that the new alternative that scientists call B 1.427 / B 1.429And the Not only can it be more contagious, but it can also cause more serious health complications.
The expert group confirms that this variant has a different pattern from the variants from the UK and South Africa. One of its mutations affects the virus’s spike protein, which is the part that is incorporated into the cells that the virus infects.
Charles Chiu, associate director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco and head of the study, shared that this mutation could make the virus more efficient at attaching itself to cells, increasing the level of infection.
Chiu’s team envisioned why this new variant would be the most contagious. They said it exists More severe disease, Included Increased risk of high oxygen demand.
The new variant report will be published later this week, when San Francisco public health authorities review the data.
The new variants will cause complications in the coming weeks in the United States, even though about 63 million people have been vaccinated.
To date, more than 1,900 cases of coronavirus strains have been reported for the first time in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil in the country. Experts urge residents not to lower their caution with care and precautions to avoid the spread of variants.