Covid-19: what we know about the new variant detected in New York
DECRYPTION – New York researchers have reported the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus, called B.1.526. A mutation which would be more contagious and resistant than the initial strain.
A new source of concern. At the end of last week, two studies detailed the characteristics of a new variant of the coronavirus, detected in New York. After the South African, Brazilian and British changes, here is the New Yorker.
Scientists at the University of Colombia say this new strain B.1.526 carries a “unique set of cutting edge mutations” that “could threaten the effectiveness of current antibody therapies and vaccines.” The researchers, who worked on a sample of 1,142 people positive for the coronavirus, say that those affected were on average older and more frequently hospitalized than those infected with the original virus.