Scientists in Houston on Wednesday released a study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus that reveals the virus’s continual accumulation of mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious.
The new report, however, did not find that these mutations have made the virus deadlier or changed clinical outcomes. All viruses accumulate genetic mutations, and most are insignificant, scientists say.
The new study was posted Wednesday on the preprint server MedRxiv. It appears to be the largest single aggregation of genetic sequences of the virus in the United States thus far. A larger batch of sequences was published earlier this month by scientists in the United Kingdom, and, like the Houston study, concluded that a mutation that changes the structure of the “spike protein” on the surface of the virus may be driving the outsized spread of that particular strain.
We know you don’t want to hear this, but Corona is not going away, and there will never be a cure. A vaccine is at least 6 years away (at least a legit one). We have had a flu vaccine for 70 years, and it comes back every year just like clockwork.
We have to come to the grips with the fact that we have to live with Covid-19, and that everyone will eventually get it, just as everyone gets the flu virus, or even the common cold. As with the flu, we are all affected differently–some will have little or no symptoms, some may die.
It is time to move on from this and get back to living again.