Current COVID-19 widespread mutation is more infectious than the original

In summary, a recent study published in Cell has found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has mutated, making it more contagious and increasing its viral load in patients. However, this mutation does not affect the severity of symptoms. The mutation, known as D614G, was first noted in February 2020 and has since spread worldwide. This finding is supported by an article published in BioRxiv, which suggests that the mutation reduces shedding of the virus and increases its infectivity.
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Yup, it's mutated to be more contagious and has a higher viral load in patients, but does NOT change the severity of symptoms. It is a mutation that was noted back in Feb., 2020 of the original version from China, it has spread worldwide.

52 page research article in Cell :
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2020.06.043

Popular News article:
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/ne...tation-causing-covid-19-to-be-more-contagious

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Related article mentioned by the paper in Cell:

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.12.148726v1
The D614G mutation in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein reduces S1 shedding and increases infectivity
Lizhou Zhang, Cody B Jackson, Huihui Mou, Amrita Ojha, Erumbi S Rangarajan, Tina Izard, Michael Farzan, Hyeryun Choe
 
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What is a COVID-19 widespread mutation?

A COVID-19 widespread mutation refers to a change in the genetic makeup of the virus that causes COVID-19. This mutation can lead to differences in how the virus behaves, including its ability to spread and cause illness.

How is the current COVID-19 widespread mutation more infectious than the original?

The current COVID-19 widespread mutation, known as the Delta variant, is more infectious than the original strain because it has a higher viral load, meaning it can replicate and spread more quickly in the body. It also has mutations that allow it to attach more easily to human cells, making it easier to transmit from person to person.

What are the symptoms of the current COVID-19 widespread mutation?

The symptoms of the current COVID-19 widespread mutation are similar to those of the original strain, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell. However, some individuals infected with the Delta variant may experience more severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and chest pain.

How can I protect myself from the current COVID-19 widespread mutation?

The best way to protect yourself from the current COVID-19 widespread mutation is to get vaccinated. Vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in preventing severe illness and hospitalization from the Delta variant. Additionally, continue to practice good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands frequently and wearing a mask in public settings.

Are current COVID-19 vaccines effective against the widespread mutation?

Yes, current COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be highly effective against the widespread mutation. While breakthrough infections (infections in fully vaccinated individuals) can occur, they are typically mild and do not require hospitalization. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also helps to slow the spread of the virus and prevent further mutations.

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