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Vaccination Stops Virus Strains; Preventing Replication Stops Mutations!

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January, for the country, was the deadliest since the beginning of the pandemic. As the nation moves on to the next page in the chapter, experts appeal to all Americans to get vaccinated at the earliest. Doing this, according to them, will stop virus mutations.

Everyone should get vaccinated when it is available as quickly and as urgently as possible. The reason for this is; viruses don’t replicate; they cannot mutate. And their replication is stopped by vaccinating and not allowing the virus an open playing field to continue to respond to the pressures that you put on it; you will not get mutations. This way, you protect individuals from getting the disease and protect them from getting infected; you will also prevent the emergence of new strains of the virus.

Vaccination Stops Virus Strains; Preventing Replication Stops Mutations!

The new strains of the coronavirus found in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa have spread even to the US. Instances of these strains, Fauci fears, will surpass the numbers of the original COVID 19 cases. They have detected the UK variant of the virus in almost 36 States in the country.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is known to be less effective when compared with the ones available at present. However, it will assist in the effort to fight off the virus globally. The vaccination is a single-dose shot. That means a lot, he added.

Vaccination Stops Virus Strains; Preventing Replication Stops Mutations!

President Biden had also announced during the briefing that they have struck a deal with an Australian company to manufacture over-the-counter coronavirus tests. The $30 at-home test kit detects the virus with 95% accuracy, said Andy Slavitt, senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 response team.

The Australian company’s test, Ellume, sends the results of the test to the user’s smartphone in 15 minutes. The US Food and Drug Administration allowed its emergency use in December 2020. The administration gave $230 million to the company to boost its production of the test. With this, the country aims to avail at least 8.5 million such tests.

The announcement comes in the midst of the growing death-toll in the US. More than 95000 Americans died due to the complications from COVID 19, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As per the statistics till Sunday, 471 cases of the virus strains found in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa were detected in the US. 467 among them belong to the strain found in the UK.

There exists a possibility of re-infection if these variants start outnumbering the original infections; experts observe. If it happens, the re-infection will create a situation where the previous infection no longer protects you; they add.

Scientists point out that it is a race against the clock. The new strains may weaken the vaccines. But that does not mean that vaccination is a futile exercise. Even when the protection you have is weak, it will prevent the disease becoming severe. And you will save yourself from hospitalization and death. Vaccinating as many people as possible is the need of the hour.

Even though January was the deadliest, according to doctors, the country is going in the right direction. The rate of hospitalization is 10% lower than that of last week in 38 States; shows the COVID Tracking Project. The number of deaths on Monday was 1560. A CDC order requiring everyone to wear a mask too came into effect from Monday. It mandates masks while traveling both in the US and internationally. Everyone should wear masks even in transportation hubs like airports and railway stations.

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