(Civil Unrest) – The trouble with a novel virus like COVID-19 is that it has the capacity to mutate far faster than researchers can keep up with possible treatments or cures for the disease.
Frighteningly, this is exactly what’s happening to the novel coronavirus.
Natural News reports that an unusual strain of coronavirus that had been isolated in India has been found to feature a strange mutation that experts warn could render any efforts to develop a vaccine against the Wuhan virus ineffective.
RESEARCHERS FROM BOTH AUSTRALIA AND TAIWAN ARE WARNING THAT THIS MUTATED STRAIN OF CORONAVIRUS FOLLOWS A MUCH DIFFERENT PATHWAY WHEN IT COMES TO CAUSING INFECTION IN THE FORM OF SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME (SARS). SIMPLY PUT, A VACCINE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS STRAIN CURRENTLY IN MASS CIRCULATION PROBABLY WOULDN’T WORK FOR THIS OTHER STRAIN, OR ANY OTHER MUTATED STRAIN FOR THAT MATTER.
THE CHANGE IN THIS MUTATED STRAIN OCCURRED IN PART OF THE SPIKE PROTEIN THAT NORMALLY ALLOWS THE WUHAN CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TO BIND WITH CERTAIN HUMAN CELLS. THIS PROTEIN SPECIFICALLY TARGETS CELLS CONTAINING ACE2, AN ENZYME FOUND IN THE OUTER SURFACE CELLS OF THE LUNGS.
BY TARGETING THIS ENZYME, SAID PROTEIN ALLOWS THE SARS VIRUS TO INFECT PEOPLE WITH ILLNESS, WHICH IS WHY VACCINE RESEARCHERS HAVE BEEN RUSHING TO COME UP WITH ANTIBODIES THAT MIGHT TARGET IT. BUT THE MUTATION IDENTIFIED IN THIS OTHER STRAIN OF CORONAVIRUS MEANS THAT A WHOLE DIFFERENT APPROACH WOULD BE NECESSARY TO STOP IT FROM CAUSING INFECTION.
“The observation of this study raised the alarm that Sars-CoV-2 mutation that varied epitope (something that an antibody attaches itself to) profile could arise at any time,” a team of collaborators from Murdoch University in Australia and the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan write.
“This means current vaccine development against Sars-CoV-2 is at great risk of becoming futile.”
Meanwhile, researchers in China have found that the coronavirus could be mutating to be even more deadly than previously thought.
A TEAM OF CHINESE SCIENTISTS HAS FOUND DOZENS OF NEW CORONAVIRUS STRAINS, INCLUDING SOME THAT DESTROY A HOST’S CELLS FASTER THAN OTHERS. NOW, THEY WARN THAT THE MOST AGGRESSIVE STRAINS HAVE SPREAD ACROSS EUROPE AND NEW YORK.
THE ABILITY OF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS TO MUTATE HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY VASTLY UNDERESTIMATED, A TEAM FROM CHINA’S ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, LED BY PROFESSOR LI LANJUAN, SAYS IN A NEW STUDY. THE GROUP FOUND AS MANY AS 33 VIRUS MUTATIONS IN JUST 11 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THEY EXAMINED IN THE CITY OF HANGZHOU.
THE RESEARCHERS SAY THAT 60 PERCENT OF THE STRAINS THEY DISCOVERED TURNED OUT TO BE ENTIRELY NEW. IN A WORRYING DEVELOPMENT, THEY ALSO DISCOVERED THAT THE VIRUS’S MUTATIONS DIRECTLY AFFECT ITS DEADLINESS. THEIR RESEARCH REVEALED THAT THE MOST AGGRESSIVE TYPE OF COVID-19 COULD CREATE A VIRUS LOAD 270 TIMES GREATER THAN THE LEAST POTENT ONE.
“DESPITE ONLY 11 PATIENT-DERIVED ISOLATES BEING ANALYZED IN THIS STUDY, WE OBSERVED ABUNDANT MUTATIONAL DIVERSITY, INCLUDING SEVERAL FOUNDING MUTATIONS FOR DIFFERENT MAJOR CLUSTERS OF VIRUSES NOW CIRCULATING GLOBALLY,” THE STUDY SAID.