HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A fresh COVID-19 case has been detected in California with the ‘Double Mutant’.
  • Experts suggest that the Double Mutant carries two mutations that help the virus attach to the cell.
  • One of the mutations is similar to that found on both the variants detected in Brazil and South Africa.
  • The second mutation has been discovered in California.

In San Francisco, a COVID-19 case has been detected with the ‘Double Mutant’ strain of coronavirus. According to experts, this new Double Mutant strain is the reason behind the alarming rise of fresh COVID-19 cases in India. The mutation is referred to as Double Mutant as experts suggest that this variant carries two mutations that helps the virus attach to the cell.

The case has been detected by the Stanford Clinical Virology Lab. The infected patient belongs to the Stanford Health Care clinic. Addressing the media, the health officials cited that they are not monitoring the new variant as it is not on the list of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Speaking of the Double Mutant, one of the mutations is somewhat similar to that found on both the variants first detected in Brazil and South Africa. On the other hand, the second mutation has been discovered in California. Scientists believe that the mutation is more transmissible as compared to the original variant. However, it has not yet been confirmed whether this variant is resistant to vaccines.

Reportedly, this is for the first time two mutations have been detected in the same virus. Initial results from trials conducted with vaccines currently approved for use in the U.S. have shown that vaccines are still effective against variants

Meanwhile, the Senior Manager of Media Relations for Stanford Health Care, Lisa Kim also mentioned the Double Mutant. “This variant has the L452R mutation found in the CA variant, as well as another significant spike mutation, E484Q. This same position is mutated to a different amino acid (K) in both the South Africa and Brazil (P.1 and P.2) variants,” Kim added.

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