Just as you thought this coronavirus pandemic ebbed and a glimmer of normalcy shined dimly, a new coronavirus mutation has been behind spikes of rising cases in Europe and the USA. Place masks on again!
According to Science Daily:
Research out today in the journal Cell shows that a specific change in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus virus genome, previously associated with increased viral transmission and the spread of COVID-19, is more infectious in cell culture. The variant in question, D614G, makes a small but effective change in the virus’s ‘Spike’ protein, which the virus uses to enter human cells.
Coronavirus 19 has been with us so long as to infect cells and lives. Viruses adapt very well to host cells and easily renovate our make-up. Symptoms or none, our cells spread like monsters. These disfigured zombie cells appear to be using those streaming filaments, or filopodia, to reach still-healthy neighboring cells. The protuberances appear to bore into the cells’ bodies and inject their viral venom directly into those cells’ genetic command centers — thus creating another zombie. Are we becoming the walking dead?
Symptoms of coronavirus may not appear or may be light. More than likely, coronavirus microbes have already entered your body. Quixotically, how many are required to show symptoms? Researchers found that when SARS-CoV-2 infects cells, it assumes control over a family of enzymes known as kinases. Under normal circumstances, kinases serve as master regulators of metabolism, growth, movement, repair and other important cellular functions. Kinases work by attaching tiny chemical tags to proteins through a process known as phosphorylation. Once attached, these tags act as switches that turn proteins on or off, which keeps the complex machinery of the cell running smoothly. According to warnings from Chinese researchers, individuals infected with the earlier SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains could be defenseless against the more aggressive European strains with the D614G mutations.
According to CNN report on coronavirus-19 mutation, finding reliable vaccines are confounded by old coronavirus 19 strains and the new ones. Coronavirus 19 has new brother that must be reckoned with. Research published on Medical-Xpress cites research that D814G may well be the dominant one.
D614G mutation cells mean higher rate of testing positive on COVID testing. No evidence was shown whether higher death rates are correlated.
With coronavirus variants and mutations, your responsibility is to use masks and social distancing. They are uncomfortable and against normal social moires. Even eating outdoors means mask removal. So more passersby should wear masks.
States are showing spikes in coronavirus cases in States that opened too soon. D614G may be factored into those statistics. It’s very clear. Coronavirus is adapting to us. It’s up for us to not ignore warnings as we do our part to help restrict spread.