Women Expert on Wuhan Virus Predicts Corona will continue to mutate, but no need to panic

Women Expert on Wuhan Virus Predicts Corona will continue to mutate, but no need to panic

Virologist Shi Zhengli from the Wuhan Institute of Virology warned that the coronavirus will continue to mutate into new variants. This is because the increasing number of infections provides more opportunities for the virus to spread.

The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus, which is currently spreading around the world, was first detected in India. The strain has emerged in at least 98 countries and territories. New viruses are constantly mutating and evolving, according to the World Health Organization WHO.

"We should not panic, but need to be prepared to coexist with the virus in the long term," Shi told media last Wednesday.

Shi noted that China is now under pressure to control the epidemic, but that physical isolation is still effective at limiting transmission. "Prevent gathering, practice social distancing, wear masks and wash hands frequently."

He said that the virus continues to mutate as more and more people become infected thereby providing opportunities for the virus.

However, he reminded the importance of vaccination. According to Shi, he has spoken to several patients who were infected after the vaccination. The result is that the vaccine, although unable to prevent infection, is still effective in preventing critical illness.

He urged the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible. He also called for accelerated research and development of mucosal vaccines to prevent infection through the mouth or nose as well as drugs to treat COVID-19.

The world's first aerosol type-5 inhaled adenovirus vector-based COVID-19 vaccine, developed by CanSino Biologics (CanSinoBIO) and researchers from the Institute of Military Medicine, has been shown to be safe in Phase-I clinical trials.