New COVID-19 Variant Called “Mu”
In Colombia, the new variant “Mu,” also known as B.1.621, was discovered. It has now been identified in 43 countries and was added to the “variant of interest” list on Monday by the World Health Organization.
Since then, WHO has been monitoring and assessing a new COVID-19 variant called Mu. “MU” is assumed to be able to break through the immunity provided by vaccines and prior infections.
The Variant “MU”
According to the WHO, the variant “MU” has a genetic mutation. That means all current vaccines and antibody treatment won’t be as efficient against it. Besides, it is being depicted that it might be more severe than the Delta variant. But still, more research is needed to determine how lethal, contagious, or resistant it is to the current vaccines and treatment.
Like every other Virus, SARS CoV2 evolves. The significant changes that come with evolution include:
- How easily it spreads
- The increase in the severity of associated disease
- The performance of vaccines & treatment on the mutated Virus.
But as there are high chances of the mutated Virus being more lethal, it is essential to track it working. And that’s what WHO is working on since they recognized the Variant “MU.”
WHO is keeping a check on the new “MU” variants that comes with more lethal genetic mutations. As it could be more transmissible, cause more severe disease, and evade vaccines. So WHO is more concerned and trying hard to track down the functioning and strength of the new variant.
Ways to prevent
In order to prevent & protect yourself from the new Covid-19 variant “MU,” it’s better to take prevention. Therefore take these listed tips and keep a check on them.
- Keep a 2ft distance from others, even if they don’t appear to be ill. Always try to make sure that you are 2ft away from others to prevent any spread of the Covid -19 virus.
- Wear a mask in public, and a mask is all that you need. Even when you are not around people, make sure to wear a mask and in a proper manner.
- Open, well-ventilated spaces are preferable to closed ones. Indoors, open a window. Stay in a more ventilated and spacious room to increase the flow of oxygen in the air.
- Hands should be washed frequently. To clean hands, an alcohol-based hand rub if soap is not available. Always wash hands before and after doing anything that can spread Virus.
- Do not rub your face, eyes, and touch your mouth as it may help Virus to spread faster.
- Do exercise daily at home to keep yourself fit and healthy. Doing daily exercise increases the blood and oxygen flow in the body.
- When it’s your turn, get vaccinated. In terms of vaccination, follow local recommendations.
- Cover when you cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue.
- Stay at home and avoid going out If you are feeling ill.
- Get immediate medical help if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.