New Double Mutant Coronavirus Discovered in San Francisco

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Suspected to be the cause of COVID-19 surge in India, a new double mutant coronavirus variant has been detected in San Francisco for the first time.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the mutation is defined as a “double mutant” because it comprises two mutations that make the virus attach to cells.

One case of the variant that was first identified in India has been confirmed by the Stanford Clinical Virology Lab. According to the Chronicle, the case is a Stanford Health Care clinic patient and probably took place in Santa Clara County. The Chronicle also mentioned that county health authorities are not looking into the new variant because the CDC has not tagged it yet as a case of concern.

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One of the mutations in the new strain is alike to the detected variants in Brazil and South Africa. The second mutation has been detected in a California variant. While the mutation is perceived to be more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain, it is not yet confirmed if it is more vaccine-resistant.

University of California San Francisco Infectious Disease Expert Peter Chin-Hong told the Chronicle that this is the first time that the same virus has been detected with two mutations.

Primary trial results conducted with vaccines presently approved for US use have shown that vaccines remain effective against variants. Chin-Hong also said that he was optimistic that they would also work on the “double mutant” strain.

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