It was first discovered in Colombia in January, and has been responsible for isolated outbreaks since then.
What is the mu variant of this?
It is a coronavirus variant that was first discovered in Colombia in January. This virus has been responsible for isolated outbreaks in South America as well as Europe and the United States.
Scientists track new COVID-19 variants, based on genetic mutations, and then search for evidence to determine if the new version is more dangerous or more severe. Viruses evolve constantly and new variants of viruses are often found.
The World Health Organization classified it as a “variant” last month due to concerns it could decrease the effectiveness of vaccines or treatments against the virus. However, more evidence is required.
The mu variant has not been seen spreading quickly: It is responsible for less than 1 percent of all COVID-19-related cases worldwide. It could be responsible in 39% of all infections in Colombia. Many countries are still concerned about the Delta variant, which is extremely contagious and has been found in almost all of the 174 countries.
Authorities have been vigilant to the mu variant in Europe. It has been found in more than a dozen countries. Recently, the French Ministry of Health noted that the mu variant “doesn’t appear to have increased recently on the European continent.”
A report by the English public health agency last month showed that the mu variant may be as resistant as the beta variant to COVID-19 vaccinations. However, it noted that more information is needed.
Officials from WHO said that although the mu variant is increasing in South American countries, the delta variant continues its spread.
Maria Van Kerkhove from the WHO said that the mu variant “interests them because it has a mutation combination,” It does not appear to be in circulation.
The United States is “paying attention” to it, but it is not considered an immediate threat, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. He is the country’s foremost infectious disease expert.