Is it possible the coronavirus could be mutating to a weaker strain ?
Some evidence in Italy is pointing towards the coronavirus strain weakening.
Do you think this is possible or is it too soon to celebrate
- RaymondLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Viruses mutate all the time. Usually very little at a time, but each generation comes so fast.
Coronaviruses that usually keep to animals will, sometimes mutate sufficiently to be able to infect humans. For us (humans) that is considered a BIG step. However, for the virus, that is simply one of the gazillion possible steps.
The coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 has already mutated many times, sufficiently so that we are able to trace its route of infection. One study has analyzed the RNA of different strands to conclude that the main infection in North America came from Europe, not from China.
There are (known to us) at least 5 main strands, each with multiple substrands.
Also, we know it did not come directly from bats nor from anyone eating bats (this is a "popular" scenario, especially in the USA). The strand from bats cannot directly infect humans. There has to have been some intermediate step, somewhere.
SOME new strands are weaker than earlier ones. This was shown with some cases in Italy, where the level of infection of individuals seems less severe than earlier cases. However, the earlier strands (the "more active" ones) are still going around.
Even though domesticated dogs exist, there are still coyotes out there in the wild.
- ZirpLv 71 month ago
"strong" and "weak" are meaningless terms in this matter.
Can the virus mutate? Sure, most of them do
Into something less deadly? Sure, that's what the flu and the common cold have done. You see, a virus doesn't last long when everybody who has it drops dead immediately. If the host stays mobile, it's far easier for the virus to spread and stay "alive"
- CowboyLv 61 month ago
There are dozens of strains and more on the way........
- οικοςLv 71 month ago
Yes, it is possible but yes, it is also too soon to celebrate.
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- MatthewLv 61 month ago
The temperature is warming up the virus is going to do what any other virus has done throughout history viruses die down during the summer and come back in the winter
- AnnLv 61 month ago
Or a stronger strain.