Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Covid 19 Medical Updates: Scientists Announce Two Strains and a Higher Death Rate

By Timothy Gamble

3-4-2020 - Scientists from Beijing and Shanghai have announced that there are two strains of the Covid 19 coronavirus. This means that the virus has mutated at least once since it began in November. The strains have been named Covid 19 L and Covid 19 S.

Covid 19 L is the most aggressive and deadly strain, but appears to be burning itself out. Typically, aggressive viruses burn out quickly, in part because the seriousness of the illness forces people into hospitals or self-quarntine.

Covid 19 S is the older and less aggressive strain, and is the one that is more rapidly spreading globally. This is likely due to people with milder symptoms not seeking medical treatment or self-quarntineing.

People who recover from one strain of a virus can become reinfected with a different strain of the same virus. This is likely the reason behind reports of a few patients becoming reinfected after recovering from Covid 19. They are being reinfected with the second strain. 

In other news, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the Covid 19 death rate is 3.4% globally, which is higher than previous estimates of less than 2%. 

By comparison, he death rate from seasonal flu is typically around 0.1%. However the death rate from SARS is 9.6%, and the death rate from MERS is 34.4%.
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