You’ve probably guessed the answer. Its mutated. There’s been an extra special change in the spike protein (Rosen, 2023).
These little pokey triangle things sticking out from the ball of the COVID-19 virus are the part of the virus that helps it to grab onto and infect our cells (Rosen, 2023). But wait- before you switch off: The virus has surprised us. This small change, known as, ‘F486P’, boosting the virus’s ability to “bind” to our cells (Rosen, 2023). This little sub-variant has been able to take all the most dangerous traits of its parents and become much, much more contagious (Rosen, 2023).
More worrying, it’s taken this new contagiousness and inherited its forefathers’ ability to hide from our immune system (Rosen, 2023).
We’ve all been here before. But one worries what will happen once this sub-variant reaches China. Get your boosters everyone (Rosen, 2023).