South African coronavirus variant can bind easily to human cells - report

South African coronavirus variant can bind easily to human cells - report

- The coronavirus has a lot of strains, which made it somewhat difficult for scientists during the early phase of the pandemic to find the best treatment against it or in coming up with a vaccine

- Now, a reported new strain was found in South Africa and reports noted that it readily binds to human cells

- An epidemiologist noted that his character of this strain makes it more infectious

- So far vaccine manufacturers have noted that the vaccines can very well fight off against the different coronavirus strains

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Scientists have found new biological evidence that the new strain found in South Africa is said to be more infectious.

They have found that the new strain can readily bind to human cells, GMA News reported.

South African coronavirus variant can bind easily to human cells - report
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Salim Abdool Karim, a recognized local epidemiologist stated during a presentation of the research made into the variant.

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The new variant is known as the 501Y.V2. It was identified late last year by experts.

Forbes noted that the South Africa coronavirus strain that was first identified in the said country last year is considered 50 percent more contagious.

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Although it is more contagious, there is still no evidence to indicate that the new variant is more deadly nor it would cause more symptoms.

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The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.

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The Department of Health announced the number of new COVID-19 recoveries on May 3. Based on the statistics, there are 90 patients who survived the dreadful disease. It is already the highest single-day number of recoveries since the country was first hit by COVID-19. The total number of recoveries, according to the health department, is now 1,214.

Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.

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