Dr. Fauci: COVID-19 Could Be More Contagious Due To Possible Mutation
The Hill reports that in an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association, Anthony Fauci expressed that a new COVID-19 strain may have a mutation that enables it to spread from person to person more easily.
- Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force.
- During the interview, Fauci referenced an [article](https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(20%2930820-5) that had been published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Cell that contained the findings of researchers affiliated with the Sheffield COVID-19 Genomics Group.
- Fauci said, “The data is showing there’s a single mutation that makes the virus be able to replicate better and maybe have high viral loads” and “It just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible.”
- In the article, researchers say that this new strain, called G614, “has become the most prevalent form in the global pandemic.”
- Researchers observe that the G614 strain has eclipsed the “original” D614 strain—the form thought to have originated in Wuhan, China—even in regions where D614 was already “well established.”
- However, the study’s scientists cautioned that although the virus is more transmissible now, their findings did not reveal any evidence as to whether its effects were more severe or not.
- Of this, Fauci said, “We don’t have a connection to whether an individual does worse with this or not.”