Saturday, 15 August 2020

The way of a virus is rather interesting...

 It is rather interesting to be able to read reports in a few languages. I read Quora both in English, Dutch and German. The Dutch website had a question about Covid-19 having undergone a mutation (already). Obviously most would know that a virus constantly copies itself and during that process which takes place in the host cells (like human cells) ‘mistakes’ can and do occur. It has been noted that one mutation in the virus amino acid D614 has mutated to G614. Now I am not a chemist or a researcher in that field but it is said that the virus is and has become more virulent. See also Tracking Changes in SARS-CoV-2 Spike: Evidence that D614G Increases Infectivity of the COVID-19 Virus. It is rather interesting and follows what I said in other posts – there will always be viruses. They will mutate, and we will fall foul of them. Some will kill, mainly because the host has no resistance and is already weak. Some will only have a mild inconvenience, like a snotty nose or something like that. But we will get the virus. A lot is said about herd immunity. Of course but that too will not last because the mutated viruses need another vaccine to be developed. Just look at what is done with the flu virus and the annual vaccination gallop! It is good though to keep up our own defences, stay healthy, don’t eat too much sugar or salt. Take enough exercise. I know it is difficult, these burgers taste so nice, don’t they. And I am partial to a nice cake, give me a whipped cream eclair any time day or night. But if I want to be a bit older, just to see the grandchildren getting married then hey presto, I am not letting the Titanic sink!

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