Dr. Jeremy Kamil, an associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, said it is crucial to be mindful of “over-interpreting” the emergence of a variant. Virus variants are a significant public health concern, but viruses continually change. As a result, new variants have developed and disseminated internationally throughout the pandemic.
Researchers have been studying the genetic material of the virus to see how it might be changing. For example, they analyze genetic sequences of viruses taken from a small proportion of infected people to chart the appearance of new versions. Kamil said most variants are meaningless, but others can make things much worse by spreading and making people sicker.
Dr. Jeremy Kamil, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at LSU Health Shreveport, shared, “The preponderance of public health data is overwhelmingly in favor of how efficacious masks are at preventing the spread of flu and other respiratory viruses.”
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