Everything you need to know about the Mu COVID-19 variant

-The WHO has identified a new ‘variant of interest’ called the Mu variant.

-First discovered in Columbia in January 2021, the Mu variant has so far been in about 39 countries.

-While the existing vaccines might not cover all the mutations associated with Mu, this variant does not seem to be overtaking Delta.

The World Health Organization has recently named a new “variant of interest” of the coronavirus, called the Mu variant. It was first found in Colombia in January 2021, and has been found in about 39 countries so far.

Mu has changes, called mutations, which mean it might be able to evade some of the protection we get from COVID vaccines.

But one reassuring element is that, despite being around since January 2021, it doesn’t seem to be outcompeting Delta, the dominant variant across most of the world.

If Mu was truly a really bad variant, we would have expected to have started to see indications of this, and we haven’t yet.

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Could COVID-19 become endemic? An expert explains what that means

-Experts predict that SARS-CoV-2 is likely to become endemic.

-An immunologist explains what this means and what it might look like.

-Duration of vaccine protection, social contact and transmissibility will play key roles in the timeline of a shift from pandemic to endemic.

With much of the world still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, experts predict the virus will become endemic.

The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health asked immunologist Yonatan Grad what it will look like as COVID-19 continues to circulate in the months and years ahead. Grad is the Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Chan School.

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Πηγή: weforum.org

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