What is the B.1.1529 Kovid-19 variant with 32 mutations?
The discovery of a new form of corona with more than 30 (32) spike mutations has also caused a stir among scientists in South Africa. Scientists have expressed concern that the combination of several mutations could cause the virus to become immunocompromised. Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, said on social media on Thursday that “an incredible amount of spike mutation could be a real concern (most likely to avoid unknown monoclonal antibodies).” Although he is relieved that the numbers are so low at the moment, his concern is about his scary spike profile, which he has advised to keep an eye on.
B. 1.1.529 In which countries is the new form found?
The first case of B.1.1.529 was reported on November 11 in Botswana. Three days later, the same variant was confirmed in South Africa. In addition, the form has so far been found in a 36-year-old Hong Kong man who has been living in South Africa from October 22 to November 11. A new look was added to his sample on November 13 and he has been in quarantine ever since.
B.1.1.529 Why can it be highly contagious?
The mutation P681H has been observed in new forms, previously reported in alpha, mu, some gamma, and also in b.1.1.318, which increases the risk of infection. The new variant also has N679K mutations and this has happened in many other variants. In addition, the new variant includes the N501Y mutation, which has been reported in many forms of anxiety. Research has shown that this mutation helps the virus to become more contagious. Apart from these, mutation D614G has also appeared in the new variant, which increases the risk of virus infection. According to a report, the spike protein of this variant contains 32 mutations and is therefore suspected to weaken the body’s immune system.
Why is there panic among scientists?
Scientists are warning that due to the large number of mutations, it could disrupt the human body’s defenses, leading to more corona waves. So far only 10 cases have been reported in the three countries but the news has created panic among the people and experts and it is being claimed that these mutations could help in the defense against the corona virus.
The new look is based on an AIDS patient.
According to a Hindustan Times report, Francois Balox, a professor of computational system biology and director of the UCL Genetics Institute, has warned that this could be a variant.
An immunocompromised person is more likely to have a chronic infection. According to a press release issued by the Science Media Center, Balox stated that the immunocompromised person may have been an untreated HIV / AIDS patient. “It’s hard to know how the p681H and N679K variants coexist,” he said. It’s a combination we rarely see.
How many forms of anxiety so far?
According to the World Health Organization, only four strains of the corona virus have been reported so far. These are – Alpha (B.1.1.7 or so-called UK form), Beta (B1.351 or so-called South African form), Gamma (P1 or so-called Brazilian form) and Delta (b.1.617.2). Form (Photos – Indicators)