Chinas COVID19 surge raises odds of new coronavirus mutant The Associated Press en Espaol

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  • And that seems to be the setting in which we may see an explosion of a new variant,” said Dr. Stuart Campbell Ray, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins University.Every new infection offers a chance for the coronavirus to mutate, and the virus is spreading rapidly in China.
  • Given those realities, Dr. Gagandeep Kang, who studies viruses at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, said it remains to be seen if the virus will follow the same pattern of evolution in China as it has in the rest of the world after vaccines came out.
  • Shan-Lu Liu, who studies viruses at Ohio State University, said many existing omicron variants have been detected in China, including BF.7, which is extremely adept at evading immunity and is believed to be driving the current surge.
  • Ray compared the virus to a boxer that “learns to evade the skills that you have and adapt to get around those.”One big unknown is whether a new variant will cause more severe disease.
  • Experts said a partially immune population like China’s puts particular pressure on the virus to change.
  • Could the COVID-19 surge in China unleash a new coronavirus mutant on the world?Scientists don’t know but worry that might happen.
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