November 09, 2020

New coronavirus strain reported by the World Health Organization

Source: Pixabay (Miguel Padrinan) 

The Gist

So far 6 countries have reported cases with the new strain that is thought to be resistant to vaccines. 

The List

  • Although many strains of Covid-19 already exist, this one appears to be resistant to antibody treatment (vaccines). 
  • This "cluster 5" variant of Covid-19 has been confirmed in the United States, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark. 
  • It is believed to have originated from mink farms; animal to human transmission has been confirmed. 
  • Minks are common carriers of coronavirus diseases, and they are often farmed for their fur which is used to create waterproof leather. 
  • The United Kingdom has blocked all travel to and from Denmark in response to the news. 

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