Recent scientific tests have revealed the COVID-19 Coronavirus has mutated into 40 species. With evidence that this new type of Corona virus is mutating, scientists can learn more by studying the virus genes that ultimately help find the cure.
But what does it mean to mutate a virus? And why is that important?
Evidence of a COVID-19 Coronavirus mutation has been of concern to Christian Drosten, head of the Institute of Virology at Charité University Hospital in Berlin, since late February. At that time, Drosten studied a German patient who was exposed to a new type of Corona Virus in Italy, and a separate German patient who had COVID-19 a month earlier in Munich.
Both cases have three genetic mutations that have not been seen in samples from Wuhan, China, where the first pathogen occurred. Based on this evidence, Drosten suspects there is a possibility that Chinese variants carrying all three mutations have taken independent routes to Germany and Italy.
Since then, further tests have revealed more evidence that the new type of Corona Virus has mutated, as reported by alarabiya.net, Friday (3/27/2020).
In early March, Chinese researchers identified 149 mutations in 103 sequential genomes from the Corona Virus COVID-19.
In the same week, scientists from Brazil and Britain said, samples collected from the first patients in Latin America differed slightly from the strains in Wuhan by three mutations.
Recently, Iceland’s high-volume testing revealed that there were at least 40 virus mutations in the country of just 340,000 people.