"Viruses mutate constantly; SARS-CoV-2 is no different. And it’s essential that we continue to monitor when and how, and with what effects, it is evolving." explains in the why mutations of #SARSCoV2 are no reason for panic.
Good advice: "Assume first that variations [in the SARS-CoV2 outbreak] have to do with conditions on the ground, rather than anything about the virus itself, like a new mutation." The Coronavirus Is Mutating, and That’s Fine (So Far)
Absolutely excellent from , who knows more about how viruses mutate than most
The good news is that #SARSCoV2 only sluggishly, slowly mutates and even the D614G mutation has questionable significance The bad news is there's little selection pressure because we humans are too good at being hosts, not taking it seriously
💯👉🏼"The next time you compare different outbreaks and start wondering or worrying about the variations, assume first that those variations have to do with conditions on the ground, rather than anything about the virus itself, like a new mutation."
"To my knowledge, there is to date no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 has become more virulent or more lethal — nor, for that matter, that it has become less so," writes the virologist Edward Holmes
Opinion | The Coronavirus Is Mutating, and That’s Fine (So Far)
RNA viruses tend to evolve about a million times faster than human genes. Yet #SARSCoV2 is evolving more slowly than many: about 5X less rapidly than the influenza viruses. Why? Because it was preadapted to humans & probably leaked from a lab. #Covid_19
The #Coronavirus Is Mutating, and That’s Fine (So Far). SARS-CoV-2 has been slowly changing in small ways, without getting more dangerous. via #Covid19
"Reinfection usually tells us something only about how the human immune system works. It is not...evidence that a virus has mutated in ways that make it more dangerous" A very clear explainer on mutations & #SARSCoV2 variants from
Superb commentary on #SARSCoV2 evolution by the great
Nice NYT article by on how to interpret mutations of SARS-COV-2/#COVID19 that have occurred, so far.
The Coronavirus Is Mutating, and That’s Fine (So Far) via by ⁦
I really like ' word choice in describing mutations as "a humdrum fact of viral life"