Researchers from Houston Methodist have recently published in mBio, one of the leading magazines for American Society of Microbiology.
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Medical Director of Microbiology at Houston Methodist, Dr. Wesley Long.
On top of that, researchers at Houston Methodist discovered the virus had changed in a way that was more contagious. Researchers studied 5,000 samples from COVID-19 positive patients.
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“This mutation made the virus more efficient and that is one of the reasons we think the virus that carries this mutation has been so successful around the world, especially in Europe and North America.
The researchers tested the first wave earlier this year and the second one over the summer. Virus mutations are not uncommon, but Long says it’s important to keep an eye on them.
“Mutations happen by accident, and then the question is, can mutations make the virus more or less viable and continue to affect others?” Long asked.
Researchers continue to examine the structure of the virus and look for mutations that may affect how treatments react to it.
“Soon we will have vaccines,” he said. Continue the sequence so we can determine if there are any new mutations. They could make the virus less susceptible to some. treatments, “he said.
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