A group of Chilean scientists is studying a possible coronavirus mutation in the extreme south of the country related to the low temperatures that are experienced these days. Cases have skyrocketed in the region due to what appears to be a genetic change in the structure of the virus.
According to Swiss Info, Dr. Marcelo Navarrete, from the University of Magallanes, has assured that they have found such changes in “the spike protein, which is the protein that the virus uses for its adherence. “Now we will investigate what does it mean for human beings and its level of danger, still unknown.
The information scientists have at the moment could relate this genetic change to low temperatures that lives in the Patagonia region, where there are numerous glaciers and strong winds. It could also be related to the second wave of infections, which added to bad weather worsens the results.
Other international studies support that the coronavirus may be subject to mutations as the pandemic and the disease progressively progress. Scientists recall that a mutation can make the virus more contagious, but it doesn’t have to be more lethal nor be “immune” to the vaccines that are being produced.