The C-19 coronavirus is not mutating to become more dangerous, World Health Organization (WHO) officials announced at a briefing last Wednesday.
“As it is a coronavirus, it is an RNA virus so there are normal changes in this virus that one would expect over time,” said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO infectious disease epidemiologist. “None of these changes so far indicate that the virus itself is changing in terms of its ability to transmit or to cause more severe disease.”
She said WHO and its network of scientists continue to study the 40,000 full genome sequences available in monitoring for mutations.
Dr. Van Kerkhove said people may also be growing tired of public health and social measures, like the distancing rules and lockdowns, which could pose a greater threat.
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