Oliver Pybus, Professor at the University of Oxford in the UK, likened the mutations of the coronavirus and the struggle of humanity to a chess competition, noting that it is impossible to predict which way the virus will change.
Coronavirus (Covid-19), which affects the world, continues to take effect at full speed. Oliver Pybus, a Professor at the University of Oxford in the UK, likened the struggle of humanity with coronavirus mutations to a chess competition. Pybus said it is impossible to know which way Covid-19, a competitor in this chess game, will move. This can cause the same mutations to appear many times.”
It is known that covid-19 mutates and changes many times since its emergence. But some mutations have led to an increase in alarming explanations. The virus, by its very nature, mutates to survive in the human body. The P1 variant and the E484K variant, known worldwide as the South African variant, which originated especially in Brazil, are of concern to scientists. Although many people with these variants have been detected, the effects of these variants have not yet been detected. But scientists agree that these two variants in particular are dangerous.
In the South American country of Brazil and the South Asian country of India, the increase in cases and casualties due to variants has reached critical levels. Thousands of people die every day in Brazil as India continues to see the highest daily cases. According to the latest data, 260,778 cases were detected in India in 24 hours, while 1,495 people died. In Brazil, where the P1 variant was effective, the number of cases was 65,792 in 24 hours, but the death toll was 2,865. Scientists in both countries say the new wave is having an impact on young people, children, and babies. Data shared by hospitals in Brazil said in March that more than half of all patients in intensive care units were 40 years old or younger. Meanwhile, 1,300 babies have died from the virus in the country.
Scientists say that despite the mutations and the variants associated with them, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Increasing vaccination practices around the world and new treatments in clinics could create different options in the fight against the virus. One of the main points in the fight against the virus is that the vaccines that can be updated can be effective against multiple variants and can be developed accordingly. Experts say that when the number of cases worldwide declines, the tightness of the emergence of variants will also decrease.