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Why are there concerns over mutations with this new coronavirus?

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Some viruses frequently mutate, meaning they change their genetic makeup to help them better survive. Coronavirus does not seem to be one of those viruses. From what we know, mutation of the virus seems to be uncommon. That’s important for two reasons.

First, if a virus mutates, it may become resistant to certain medications, making it more difficult to treat. In addition, frequent mutations also make it more difficult to create a vaccine. The fact that coronavirus doesn’t seem to mutate frequently will make it easier to find a lasting treatment and vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 29, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 29, 2020

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