A study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus conducted in Houston revealed that the virus is mutating in a way that will make it more contagious.

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David Morens, senior adviser to Anthony S. Fauci and director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, says COVID-1

9 could find a way around our immunity: “Even if we don’t know yet, it’s well the realm of possibility that this coronavirus, when our population-level immunity becomes high enough, this coronavirus will find a way around our immunity, “Morens said. “If that happened, we’d be in the same situation as the flu. We’ll have to chase the virus and, as it mutates, we’ll have to tinker with our vaccine.

“Wearing masks, washing your hands, all of these things are barriers to transmissibility or contagion, but when the virus becomes more contagious, statistically it’s better to bypass those barriers.”

The study analyzed two different COVID-19 strains taken during the spring and summer. He found that the summer strain carried more viral particles, making it more contagious.

“We will have to chase the virus and, as it mutates, we will have to tinker with our vaccine,” Morens said.

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