Corona: How dangerous is the Indian mutation?

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Currently, the Corona numbers in India are exploding. One reason is the new virus variant. B.1.617. Scientists from Great Britain are now investigating how dangerous and contagious the mutant is.

This variant contains several mutations, including E484Q and L452R, according to media reports. The British variant looks similar.

“Indian double mutation”
The second variation, L452R, facilitates the transmission of the virus, as is already known from the California variant. Because the two mutations are combined in one variant, this case is also referred to as the “Indian double mutant”.

However, the mutations are not meaningful, experts say. More important for the evaluation is the analysis of the spread of the virus in the population. However, the amount of data is still too small for this, they said. This virus variant has also not yet been evaluated by international parties.

Younger people wait too long
However, many experts are very concerned that more and more young people are affected by Covid-19. The decline in older people may have to do with increasing vaccination coverage. They also say more severe courses of the disease are being seen. At best, this is due to the fact that younger people in the generation around 40 years of age often expect only a mild course of the disease and then wait too long before seeking medical care.

  • source: oe24.at/picture: pixabay.com
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