Coronavirus:Europe mutated to become more dangerous than in the US, studies have found
Coronavirus: Europe mutated to become more dangerous than in the US, studies have found.To date, there have been more than 2.4 million cases of coronavirus worldwide and a new study suggests that the strain currently present in Europe is much more deadly than that present in the US. Researchers at the University of Zhejiang believe that the coronavirus mutated into 30 or more distinct strains.
According to the South China Morning Post, the strains in China and Europe were found to be some of the most severe, while those in the US were milder. The researchers tested 11 coronavirus patients’ viral strains in the study, checking how effectively the virus could infect and destroy human cells. Results showed that some of the deadliest mutations were found in Zhejiang, although these strains were also found in Spain, Italy and New York.
Worryingly, it was found that these strains produce up to 270 times as much viral load as the mildest strains.
Meanwhile, the mildest strains were found mostly in the US, including in the state of Washington.
The researchers, led by Hangping Yao, wrote in the report published in medRxiv: “This finding indicates that the mutations found in our sample, and probably in the viral isolates collected around the world, may have a major effect on the pathogenicity of SARS-CoV-2.’
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