The Facts About Covid-19 Variant Mu, Seven Times Stronger

Covid-19 Variant Mu

The Mu variant of COVID-19 recently emerged and has caught the attention of many people, including the World Health Organization (WHO). The new variant of the Coronavirus, known as B.1.621, is suspected to be resistant or immune to the COVID-19 vaccine or a history of the previous infection.

These are new facts about the Mu variant of the coronavirus. The new variant is said to be seven times more potent in overcoming the body's antibodies produced by vaccination.  The Coronavirus is still mutating and producing new variants to survive. After the appearance of the Alpha, Beta, Delta, Lambda, Gamma, and Kappa variants, it is now detected the presence of a new variant called the Mu variant.

This variant was first identified in Colombia in January. Then endemic in South America, Europe, and the United States.

Facts About COVID-19 Variant Mu

So far, it doesn't seem to be spreading fast enough. This variant accounts for less than 1% of Covid-19 cases globally. Based on data found by WHO, the Mu variant has properties similar to the Beta variant, which can infect a body that has received immunity, either from the COVID-19 vaccine or a history of infection.

In dealing with it, must take the 3T strategy (tracing, testing, treatment), vaccination and activity restriction must be taken seriously. To date, thousands of known cases of the Mu variant have been identified worldwide. However, the notion that the Mu variant is immune to the vaccine still requires further research. 

The Mu variant was seven times more resistant to vaccine-generated antibodies. While the delta variant, its strength is 2.6 times overcoming antibody resistance from vaccination.

Symptoms of the Mu variant of COVID-19 are known to be not much different from the symptoms of COVID-19 in general, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of sense of smell. US Infectious Disease Specialist Dr Anthony Fauci said the Mu variant was of concern to the US, but was not considered a direct threat.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says the Mu variant is a cause for concern, although no data is showing that the Mu variant will overtake the dominant Delta variant.

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