Despite the emergence of the Mu COVID strain, WHO officials say the fast-spreading Delta variant remains the “most concerning” coronavirus strain.
The World Health Organization says Mu variant cases have been increasing in some South American countries, but are decreasing in other regions of the world, especially where the Delta variant is already circulating.
The WHO is currently watching four variants “of concern,” including Delta, Alpha — first detected in the U.K., Beta — first detected in South Africa, and Gamma — first detected in Brazil.
The organization is also keeping a close watch on four other variants “of interest” including Lambda — first identified in Peru, and the newest Mu variant.
In English, it all means the Covid-19 virus is here to stay, as the WHO says all the mutations and variants make the possibility of eradicating the virus seem less likely.
The WHO’s health emergencies program executive director says he thinks the virus isn’t going anywhere and “will evolve like influenza pandemic viruses.” The global health agency has already said vaccines do not guarantee the eradication of COVID.
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