New mutation may speed the spread of coronavirus: Fauci

New mutation may speed the spread of coronavirus: Fauci

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that coronavirus is showing some signs of mutating in a way that may make it easier for the pathogen to spread.

There is research underway that suggests a single mutation affecting a specific amino acid is emerging that allows the virus to replicate better and create a higher viral load, measures that could make it easier to transmit, Fauci said at an online event hosted by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“There is some dispute about the findings, which stem from an in vitro examination of the mutations, and it’s not clear whether people who become infected with a newer variation of the pathogen fare worse than those with the original strain,” he said.

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