The immunologist answered whether the Brazilian mutant coronavirus will replace the Indian strain in Russia

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The immunologist answered whether the Brazilian mutant coronavirus will replace the Indian strain in Russia

The first cases of infection with the Brazilian gamma variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Russia. Will this option force the aggressive delta strain out of India and what safety precautions should be taken?

– New variants of the virus are about the same, because the selection goes in the direction that the virus could achieve its main goals: to multiply and occupy new territory. If each subsequent modification of the virus is stronger in these parameters, in its ability to penetrate the cells of the body, in spreading, then it displaces the previous construction of the virus. That the delta variant (Indian), that the gamma (Brazilian) – there is not much difference. And if the delta option has now occupied the whole of Russia, I think that it will simply not let the gamma strain. And all the measures of anti-epidemic safety for us remain the same: vaccination, masks in public places, clean hands, physical distance, – Vladislav Zhemchugov, immunologist and allergist, doctor of medical sciences, told kp.ru.

The Brazilian strain is known to be about 2.5 times more infectious than the original Wuhan strain. Like the variant from India, the guest from Brazil developed mutations in the S-protein, as a result of which it began to quickly penetrate the cells of the body. The strain subdued not only Brazil, but also spread to the nearest countries: Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile. Then he moved to the USA, Canada, Great Britain and other countries. However, while it takes the lead in Latin America, while in other countries, the delta strain from India prevails.

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