Covid-19 mutates, ‘Mu’ pose a new threat

Pandemic – the battle of the unseen enemy continues. Being healthy is the top priority at the moment and surviving is a concern that everyone does in the present.

It has been almost two (2) years since the global health crisis started to take the lives of many and cause economic downturns. As a result, medical personnel, experts, and leaders took countermeasures to cope and adapt to its impact. The new normal was born- old norms to new ones that were brought by the contagious virus to adapt to the situation and measures to protect ourselves from one another.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused Covid-19 mutated, and brought new variants of the deadly illness into light, that became variants of concern to the World Health Organization (WHO). Recently, WHO detected a new variant of interest named ‘Mu’, scientifically known as B.1.621, first detected back in January of this year in Columbia and detected in at least 39 countries confirmed by the health agency. According to WHO, it became a variant of interest last August 30 of the same year.

Apart from the ‘Mu’ variant, there are five (5) currently designated variants of interest that WHO is carefully observing. This includes the following: Eta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, and Mu. In addition, there are four (4) variants of concern that are being monitored closely: Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Gamma. Delta is the dominant one on the list.

Experts said that this new variant shows resistance to vaccines that are currently available, and concerns them that this new variant might be more fatal and contagious than the Delta variant. Although, the pose of the threat of it as a stronger counterpart of Delta is still in observation. The WHO added that further observations are needed to be conducted to carefully study the variant.

The situation with the pandemic is still ongoing, where medical personnel, leaders, and citizens continue to battle each day. All we can do to slowly ease the situation is to get inoculated, follow minimum health protocols; wear a mask, keep a safe distance, wash our hands, and stay at home as much as possible.

Prioritize your health, be safe, mask on, and move on.

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