translated from Spanish: New variant of Coivd-19 is no more infectious: WHO

Geneva.- After the World Health Organization confirmed the existence of new variants of Covid-19, it clarified that no evidence has been found at the moment that it is more deadly, yet it called for further health recommendations. On Monday at conference, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom explained that the organization is investigating new SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations that have been detected in regions of the UK and South Africa, with no finding that mutations have further aggravated the disease.
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He explained that the mutation of viruses is a natural process, without engout warned that the transmission of any type of SARS-CoV-2 virus must be equally fought so now the time must be seized to combat it.» Viruses mutate over time; that’s natural and expected. the bottom line is that we should suppress the transmission of all SARS-CoV-2 viruses as quickly as possible. The more we allow it to spread, the more opportunities (the virus) to mutate. I can’t stress enough, all governments and all people, how important it is to take the necessary precautions to limit transmission,» he explained. For her part, epidemiology expert Maria Van Kerkhove explained that the new variants were registered on 14 December in the United Kingdom, where the study of the new B117 variant of Coronavirus was requested at three key points such as transmission, mobility and antibody response. As for its transmission, Kerkhove indicated that the new variant appears to have a 0.4% higher breeding number, indicating that the virus would be more contagious as it rises from 1.1 to 1.5.He explained that the number of reproductions indicates how many people can be infected, so when it is above 1 the epidemic grows. Despite this, he explained that so far there is no certainness of the factors that cause greater transmission, whether by mutation or behaviour of people, who could be following basic methods of hygiene and social estating.



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