The possibility of mutation of the Covid-19 virus is very high if there are many cases – Head of the West Sumatra Provincial Branch of the Indonesian Association of Epidemiologists, Defriman Djafri, said the possibility of mutation of the corona virus was very high when more cases of infection emerged.

“Mutation of the virus with this new variant is related to the number of cases. The more cases the number of cases increases, the chances of mutation occurring are very likely,” said Defriman, Monday (18/1/2021).

The Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, Andalas University said that SARS-CoV-2 was very quickly transmitted from person to person if the mobility of people and health protocols were not properly controlled.

According to him, the host behavior factor (host) of the virus affects the mutation of the virus. The host in this case is human. If the transmission occurs a lot, it is very possible that there will be new variants in the future.

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However, if the transmission is low, there is very little chance of mutation.

“The host in this case is the host (human), so it is human behavior itself, and it is also possible that animals (which have been reported so far are bats).

So it is like a hitch-hopping place, if the transmission is high, of course the virus is moving around or spreading to new hosts. With different genetics, this will also produce new variants, “he said.

Previously, Defriman said that the mutation of the corona virus was very possible in Indonesia.

Defriman said the mutation of a new strain of the Corona virus, SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, has become a real threat which has been reported in 18 countries, and five of them are in Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Jordan today.

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