New Coronavirus Variant “Mu”: In January 2021, a new Variant of Coronavirus emerged in Columbia is now drawing the attention of the World Health Organization. It has now been identified as a variant of concern and the WHO tracking the mutation.
Here are ten things to know about the new Coronavirus Variant Named “Mu”
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it is keeping an eye on a new coronavirus strain named “Mu” scientifically known as B.1.621.
- According to the weekly pandemic report by the global health body stated that “Mu” had been identified as a variant of concern.
- The report also added that the “Mu” variant includes a pattern of mutations that signal possible immune escape characteristics.
- WHO also stated that the variation includes mutation that suggests a possibility of vaccination resistance and that more research is needed to understand it properly.
- There’s a surge in infection rate globally, with the highly transmissible Delta firm taking root notably among the unvaccinated and areas where anti-virus efforts have been eased, causing considerable alarm about the advent of new variant.
- Mu was first discovered in Colombia and has subsequently been found in various South American nations as well as Europe.
- SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, mutates however most changes have little or no influence on the virus’s characteristics.
- On the other hand, specific mutations can affect a virus’s characteristics, such as how readily it spreads, the intensity of the sickness it caused, and its resistance to vaccinations, medicines and other interventions.
- The WHO has identified four COVID-19 variations as being of concern. It includes the Alpha variant, which outspread its roots in 193 countries, and Delta variants, which is found in 170. “Mu” is one of five variations that will be monitored.
- According to the WHO, the global pervasiveness of the infection has dropped to less than 0.1 per cent among sequenced cases. On the other hand, Colombia has a rate of 39 per cent.