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The evolution of the COVID-19 virus: Spike protein mutations and how it fuels the pandemic – TheHealthSite

Persistent infections in immunocompromised people may cause the COVID-19 virus to mutate more frequently. Read on for more details.



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A virus always mutates. It is the same with the COVID-19 virus. Today, we see a number of SARS-CoV-2 variants that have emerged from immunocompromised hosts. According to researchers from the Microbiology Society, variants of concern, including B.1.1.7, a variant first identified in Kent, were a result of long-term infection in people with a weakened immune system. They are of the opinion that persistent infections in immunocompromised people may cause the virus to mutate more frequently. This happens…

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