In December, it was revealed that mutations of COVID-19, much more transmissible than the original, had been identified. The first, the UK variant, is more deadly than the first, and another, found first in Brazil, is likely resistant to current vaccines. During the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gave America a “wake up call,” revealing that many more mutations are likely to be identified in the future. Read on to hear what he has to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Says “This is a Wake Up Call” That We Will See the Evolution of Mutants
In his discussion surrounding the COVID-19 variants, Fauci cited a few studies finding that yes, mutations do have an impact on treatment and vaccines. “Mutations that lead to different lineage do have clinical consequences,” he explained. “As you can see, even though the long range effect in the sense of severe disease is still handled reasonably well by the vaccines, this is a wake up call to all of us that we will be dealing as the virus uses its devices to evade pressure, particularly immunological pressure, that we will continue to see the evolution of mutants.”
He added that the government and drug companies are “in this together,” and will “have to be nimble” and adapt and adjust the vaccine, “to make versions of the vaccine that actually are specifically directed towards whatever mutation is actually prevalent at any given time.”
It should also serve as an incentive to “do what we’ve been saying all along to vaccinate as many people as we can, as quickly as we possibly can because mutations occur because the virus has a playing field, as it were to mutate,” he pointed out. “If you stop that and stop the replication, viruses cannot mutate if they don’t replicate. And that’s the reason to continue to do what we’re doing, namely intensify, our ability and our implementation of to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible.”
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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.