“It’s a newborn baby, but the corona particle is 50,000 times”…it seems to be due to the variant

A newborn baby in the U.S. was found to have about 50,000 times more corona19 virus particles than typical cases of infection.

Researchers believe it may be due to the impact of the new Corona 19 variant.

The newborn, being treated at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC, has been confirmed to be infected with a new variant of the Corona 19 virus. The variant is another variant from the British variant and the South African variant, and was first discovered in September last year while checking the viral sequence taken from a baby under treatment.

It is not yet known how dangerous the variant is. However, the infectivity is estimated to be higher than before. The researchers analyzed the variant’s Spike protein to have a structure that facilitates transmission of infection.

It is estimated that there are not many cases of infection with this mutant so far. According to a preprint paper published on the 8th in MedRxiv, eight cases of infection with the mutant have been confirmed in the eastern coastal region of the United States.

Babies currently being treated at Washington Hospital have 51,418 times more virus particles than other younger patients. Dr. Roberta Dibiasi, an infectious disease expert at the Washington DC Children’s Hospital, told The Washington Post, “If you have a patient whose virus levels rise exponentially, you may be infected with a completely different variant.”

Looking at the cases of child infection reported around the world so far, children are less likely than adults to enter a critical condition when confirmed for Corona 19. However, the number of infection cases is increasing. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, cases of childhood infection have increased dramatically over the past five months.

Children rarely reach critical conditions, but they are not absent. Some children are more susceptible to coronavirus infection than others.

In addition, it is still unknown how the infection will affect children in the long term. For this reason, experts believe that continuous follow-up investigations are needed on cases of infection in children, the emergence of new mutants, and their correlation.

In addition, since young children are not allowed to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine, it is also important to follow quarantine rules to prevent infection.

Reporter Moon Se-young [email protected]

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