SARS-Covid-2 is currently pedalling in place, eagerly anticipating the moment, an appropriately selected mutation, will switch the light to green and give the world a lesson in immunology….
Commentary by Geert Vanden Bossche.
What happens if a pandemic involving a virus naturally causing acute self-limiting infection fails to generate herd immunity?
Unknown to many, the BA.2.86 and JN.1 variants are evolving and spawning sub-lineages with unique mutations at an unprecedented rate never seen before in the history or annals of virology research.
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A lay interpretation of the explosion of sub-lineages (spawned by BA2.86 and JN.1) can be likened to a virus pedalling in place at the bottom of a steep snowy hill, searching for its winter tires. Once found, it is expected to swiftly ascend the slope, leading to a potentially devastating surge.
Understanding the current proliferation, marked by a multitude of minor viral mutations, poses a significant inescapable challenge.