May 7, 2020
Scientists have today claimed there is no evidence the coronavirus has mutated into more aggressive strains – despite studies claiming the contrary.
Just yesterday researchers from the University of Sheffield and a laboratory in New Mexico claimed that the type of COVID-19 racing through Europe was a newer and more infectious than the version found in China.
And a Government-funded study released yesterday found at least a dozen different strains of coronavirus were spreading through the UK in March.
But the claims are ‘unfounded’ and no version of the virus currently circulating is any more or less potent than another, University of Glasgow experts claimed.
The researchers admit they uncovered thousands of mutations but said they were so small that this was ‘normal and expected’.
The changes are not large enough to affect the behaviour of the coronavirus – called SARS-CoV-2 – or offer any proof of there being different strains, leading them to conclude that only one type of the virus is circulating currently.
This article was posted: Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 3:07 am