The number of reported cases of coronavirus infection in the world has exceeded 85 million today, according to data from the American University of Jones Hopkins, which makes its calculations based on information from international organizations, federal and local authorities.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Is the “British” strain of COVID-19 more dangerous?
Deepti Gurdzani – Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London, warns of new danger from the “British Strain Covid-19”.
On Twitter, Gurdatsani said that the new strain is more contagious for children and adolescents under 19 years of age. The mutated virus is more likely to cause symptoms in this age group, which has so far passed the disease asymptomatically.
Due to the increased infectivity among children and adolescents, Gurdatsani said that this variant of coronavirus may change more rapidly to adulthood, leading to the more rapid growth of the strain in the United Kingdom. The scientist called these findings “very worrying” and called for “action now”. “These data suggest that the situation in the UK is likely to deteriorate greatly,” wrote the epidemiologist.
The new mutation in the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 became known in mid-December, it was discovered in the UK. Since then, many countries have suspended transport links with the United Kingdom.
Although the new version of the virus, according to preliminary data, maybe 70% more contagious than usual, there is no reliable scientific information, that it is more dangerous.