As the coronavirus continues to pose a global threat, research suggests a mutation might make the virus more infectious.
A recent study by Scripps Research Institute in Florida, states the modification affects the spike protein at a rate of four to five, which helps the virus easily infect human cells. The spike protein is located on the outside barrier of the virus, that it uses to move into a cell. Many researchers suggest the mutation is sparking more infections across Europe and within the United States. However, Scripps Research Institute claims more research is needed to understand the future of COVID-19. Right now, it’s unknown whether this alteration will change the severity of the infection, or increase the mortality-rate.
Currently, The World Health Organization said the new mutations seen in COVID-19 will not impact the vaccines developing.