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Good News: Coronavirus Mutates Slower Than Flu, Vaccine Will Be Effective Long-Term

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The following article, Good News: Coronavirus Mutates Slower Than Flu, Vaccine Will Be Effective Long-Term, was first published on Flag And Cross.

With all of the negative news floating around on social media thanks to the coronavirus, it’s imperative that we share the good news as soon as possible when it becomes available, and that’s why it’s crucial that we discuss the positive new breakthrough concerning the illness that scientists and medical professionals have discovered.

Apparently, the coronavirus mutates at a much slower rate than the flu, therefore, when a vaccine becomes available, it will be effective for long-term use and protection.

Given the fact that the COVID-19 virus is wreaking such awful havoc on our country’s population right now, this is extremely good news.

Here’s more from Yahoo News:

This slow mutation rate has two implications — both positive. It means the virus (whose official name is SARS-CoV-2) is stable in its current form and therefore unlikely to get even more dangerous as it continues to spread. That also means a vaccine could be effective in the long run; it’d act more like a measles or chickenpox vaccine than a seasonal flu shot.

Peter Thielen, a molecular geneticist at Johns Hopkins University, told The Washington Post that an analysis of 1,000 samples of the new coronavirus revealed only four to 10 genetic differences between the strains that had infected people in the US and the original virus that spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

“At this point, the mutation rate of the virus would suggest that the vaccine developed for SARS-CoV-2 would be a single vaccine, rather than a new vaccine every year like the flu vaccine,” Thielen said.

The coronavirus is mutating at a rate of one to two times every month, while the flu mutates once every ten days.

Most of the time, the mutations aren’t a big deal and don’t pose any greater risk for folks who contract the flu. However, there are some that undermine people’s immunity to the virus and thus the need for a flu virus every single year.

But coronaviruses, on the whole, are “somewhat less prone to mutation than flu,” Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, previously told Business Insider. The new coronavirus is unlikely to mutate every season, Morse added.

Benjamin Neuman, a virologist at Texas A&M University at Texarkana, told The Post why this was the case.

Once a vaccine for the coronavirus is created, it should last for years before a person would need to get a new one, which is very good news for the long term prognosis of humanity fighting off this awful sickness. In fact, it could function similarly to the measles shot, which actually protects patients for life.

This is definitely good news and something to give us all hope while we wait for this misery to pass by.

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