Geneva. It has been more than 1.5 years since the Coronavirus epidemic spread in the world. The worldwide vaccination campaign is also going on in full swing. Nevertheless, different variants of this virus are coming out. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now started tracking another new Kovid variant. Cases of Mu Variant have been found in Colombia. This is another name for the B.1.621 variant. It was first detected in January this year. Four thousand cases related to this variant have been reported in more than 40 countries of the world.
The matter of concern about the mu variant is that according to the WHO, it can neutralize the vaccine and can also be more infectious. WHO says that more study is needed to understand the severity of this variant. The WHO has termed it a ‘variant of interest’.
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The World Health Organization report states, ‘The mu variant appeared in Colombia in January 2021. During this some cases of mu variants were seen. At the same time, seeing this variant reached countries other than the countries of South America and Europe. Globally, its cases have decreased and it is less than 0.1 percent.
How dangerous is the mu variant?
Along with the Delta variant, the presence of the Mu variant will also be monitored. WHO currently lists alpha, beta and gamma as ‘Variants of Concern’ in addition to Delta variants. In addition to mu, iota, kappa and lambda have been recorded as ‘variants of interest’.
What is Variant?
Any virus has a genetic code. It is a kind of manual, which tells the virus when, what and how to do it. There are frequent small changes in the genetic code of the virus. Most of the changes are ineffective, but due to some changes, the virus starts spreading rapidly or becomes fatal. This changed virus is called a variant. Corona variants from UK and South Africa are believed to be more contagious and deadly.
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There is currently no information that Mu is highly contagious. One of its key mutations is E484K, which helps it fight antibodies like the beta and gamma variants. It also has the N501Y mutation, which makes it more contagious. It also has an alpha variant.
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