Any COVID-19 mutation could complicate the pandemic. This was stated by the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Russia Melita Vujnovich, RIA Novosti reports on Tuesday, January 12.
In this regard, she said, it is necessary to constantly monitor the behavior of the virus and determine whether a new strain can affect the mortality or severity of the disease.
“The higher contagiousness (the ability to be transmitted from person to person – approx.” Lenta.ru “) of the virus complicates the situation, because it requires much more intensive sanitary and epidemiological measures,” – said Vujnovich.
Earlier, Vujnovic noted that now WHO does not have reliable information about the ability of the new mutation to affect the severity of the disease or the effectiveness of any vaccine against COVID-19. According to her, the British variant of the virus is determined by the presence of 14 mutations, some of which can affect the degree of infectiousness of the infection or the severity of the disease.