The World Health Organization (WHO) is monitoring a new strain of the corona virus, known as “Mu,” which was first identified in Colombia in January, overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, he said.
Chemistry – according to the p.1.121 scientific nomenclature – has so far been classified as a “variant to follow,” according to the WHO in its weekly Epidemiology Report on the Evolution of the Epidemic.
The variant referred to by the WHO has mutations that indicate a risk of “immune escape” (resistance to vaccines) and emphasizes the need for further research to better understand its properties.
All viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COV-19, change over time. Most mutations have little or no effect on the properties of the virus. However, some mutations can affect the characteristics and influence of a virus, for example, how easily it spreads, the severity of the disease, or the effectiveness of vaccines, medications, diagnostic tools, or other social and public health measures.
Seven people died and all the people were vaccinated, at a Belgian nursing home
The variant, first identified in January in Colombia, killed seven people in two weeks in late July at a nursing home in Belgium.
Variation has been reported in other countries in South America and in other parts of Europe. “While the global prevalence of the variant in decreased cases is currently less than 0.1%, its impact has steadily increased in Colombia (39%) and Ecuador (13%),” the WHO explained.
Variation “Continued” “Variation” Anxiety “
By the end of 2020, the emergence of variants that pose a greater risk to global public health led the WHO to categorize variations of concerns that need to be monitored and prioritized for global monitoring and research activities.
The WHO has decided to name the categories to follow or care about using the Greek alphabet, in order to avoid the stigma of a particular country and for the general public to pronounce the names easily.
Currently, the WHO considers four types of alpha species in 193 countries and delta in 170 countries to be of concern, while the other five types (including Mu) need to be monitored.