The South African corona mutation has been named “B.1.351” and was first identified in December 2020 in South Africa.
Results from preliminary studies show that this mutation is more contagious than others. However, it does not cause more severe symptoms. How the mutation reacts to the existing corona vaccines is not yet fully established.
Despite this, it has already been singled out as the “worst” among the mutations, and now it is beginning to gain a foothold in more and more Swedish regions.
Almost impossible to stop the spread
In early January, three cases of the South African mutation in Stockholm were confirmed. After that, the virus variant has been found in Västra Götaland, Gävleborg, Dalarna and Västmanland.
The latter region has been affected by the mutation’s first cluster outbreak in Sweden. Here, 20 cases of the mutation have been found – and none of them have been linked to trips abroad.
Stopping the spread of B.1.351 is considered difficult, according to Niklas Arnberg, virologist at Umeå University:
– It is almost impossible to prevent the spread as it is likely to be more contagious than the original variant, he says to Aftonbladet.
“Dangerous and unfortunate to reason like that”
According to Arnberg, the risk of undetected cases of the mutation is great, especially in the regions where a spread has already been noted.
The fact that at present it is not known how well our developed vaccines bite the mutation from South Africa is considered worrying.
But it is still just as important to get vaccinated when given the opportunity, says Arnberg:
– Some may think that it is not an idea to get vaccinated, but it is dangerous and unfortunate to reason like that. It is very important that you get vaccinated regardless of which vaccine you are offered, he tells Aftonbladet.
According to Arnberg, the infection is being pushed back more as more people are vaccinated. This also reduces the risk of the emergence of new virus variants.
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