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Title: Scientists say a now-dominant strain of the coronavirus appears to be more contagious than original
Source: LA Times
URL Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/mutant-c ... erged-even-more-110046843.html
Published: May 5, 2020
Author: Ralph Vartabedian
Post Date: 2020-05-05 11:40:32 by Ada
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Views: 197
Comments: 25

Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The new strain appeared in February in Europe, migrated quickly to the East Coast of the United States and has been the dominant strain across the world since mid-March, the scientists wrote.

In addition to spreading faster, it may make people vulnerable to a second infection after a first bout with the disease, the report warned.

The 33-page report was posted Thursday on BioRxiv, a website that researchers use to share their work before it is peer reviewed, an effort to speed up collaborations with scientists working on COVID-19 vaccines or treatments. That research has been largely based on the genetic sequence of earlier strains and might not be effective against the new one.

The mutation identified in the new report affects the now infamous spikes on the exterior of the coronavirus, which allow it to enter human respiratory cells. The report's authors said they felt an "urgent need for an early warning" so that vaccines and drugs under development around the world will be effective against the mutated strain.

Wherever the new strain appeared, it quickly infected far more people than the earlier strains that came out of Wuhan, China, and within weeks it was the only strain that was prevalent in some nations, according to the report. The new strain's dominance over its predecessors demonstrates that it is more infectious, according to the report, though exactly why is not yet known.

The coronavirus, known to scientists as SARS-CoV-2, has infected more than 3.5 million people around the world and caused more than 250,000 COVID-19 deaths since its discovery late last year.

The report was based on a computational analysis of more than 6,000 coronavirus sequences from around the world, collected by the Global Initiative for Sharing All Influenza Data, a public-private organization in Germany. Time and again, the analysis found the new version was transitioning to become dominant.

The Los Alamos team, assisted by scientists at Duke University and the University of Sheffield in England, identified 14 mutations. Those mutations occurred among the nearly 30,000 base pairs of RNA that other scientists say make up the coronavirus's genome. The report authors focused on a mutation called D614G, which is responsible for the change in the virus' spikes.

"The story is worrying, as we see a mutated form of the virus very rapidly emerging, and over the month of March becoming the dominant pandemic form," study leader Bette Korber, a computational biologist at Los Alamos, wrote on her Facebook page. "When viruses with this mutation enter a population, they rapidly begin to take over the local epidemic, thus they are more transmissible."

While the Los Alamos report is highly technical and dispassionate, Korber expressed some deep personal feelings about the implications of the finding in her Facebook post.

"This is hard news," wrote Korber, "but please don’t only be disheartened by it. Our team at LANL was able to document this mutation and its impact on transmission only because of a massive global effort of clinical people and experimental groups, who make new sequences of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) in their local communities available as quickly as they possibly can." Bette Korber, a computational biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, leads a team examining mutations of the novel coronavirus. (Los Alamos National Laboratory) Bette Korber, a computational biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, leads a team examining mutations of the novel coronavirus. (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Korber, a graduate of Cal State Long Beach who went on to earn a PhD in chemistry at Caltech, joined the lab in 1990 and focused much of her work on an HIV vaccine. In 2004, she won the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the U.S. Department of Energy's highest recognition for scientific achievement. She contributed a portion of the financial prize to help establish an orphanage for young AIDS victims in South Africa.

The report contains regional breakdowns of when the new strain of virus first emerged and how long it took to become dominant.

Italy was one of the first countries to see the new virus in the last week of February, almost at the same time that the original strain appeared. Washington was among the first states to get hit with the original strain in late February, but by March 15 the mutated strain dominated. New York was hit by the original virus around March 15, but within days the mutant strain took over. The team did not report results for California.

Scientists at major organizations working on a vaccine or drugs have told The Times that they are pinning their hopes on initial evidence that the virus is stable and not likely to mutate the way influenza virus does, requiring a new vaccine every year. The Los Alamos report could upend that assumption.

If the pandemic fails to wane seasonally as the weather warms, the study warns, the virus could undergo further mutations even as research organizations prepare the first medical treatments and vaccines. Without getting on top of the risk now, the effectiveness of vaccines could be limited. Some of the compounds in development are supposed to latch onto the spike or interrupt its action. If they were designed based on the original version of the spike, they might not be effective against the new coronavirus strain, the study's authors warned.

"We cannot afford to be blindsided as we move vaccines and antibodies into clinical testing," Korber wrote on Facebook. "Please be encouraged by knowing the global scientific community is on this, and we are cooperating with each other in ways I have never seen … in my 30 years as a scientist."

David Montefiori, a Duke University scientist who worked on the report said it is the first to document a mutation in the coronavirus that appears to make it more infectious.

Although the researchers don’t yet know the details about how the mutated spike behaves inside the body, it’s clearly doing something that gives it an evolutionary advantage over its predecessor and is fueling its rapid spread. One scientist called it a "classic case of Darwinian evolution."

"D614G is increasing in frequency at an alarming rate, indicating a fitness advantage relative to the original Wuhan strain that enables more rapid spread," the study said.

Still unknown is whether this mutant virus could account for regional variations in how hard COVID-19 is hitting different parts of the world.

In the United States, doctors had begun to independently question whether new strains of the virus could account for the differences in how it has infected, sickened and killed people, said Alan Wu, a UC San Francisco professor who runs the clinical chemistry and toxicology laboratories at San Francisco General Hospital.

Medical experts have speculated in recent weeks that they were seeing at least two strains of the virus in the U.S., one prevalent on the East Coast and another on the West Coast, according to Wu.

“We are looking to identify the mutation,” he said, noting that his hospital has had only a few deaths out of the hundreds of cases it has treated, which is “quite a different story than we are hearing from New York."

The Los Alamos study does not indicate that the new version of the virus is more lethal than the original. People infected with the mutated strain appear to have higher viral loads. But the study's authors from the University of Sheffield found that among a local sample of 447 patients, hospitalization rates were about the same for people infected with either virus version.

Even if the new strain is no more dangerous than the others, it could still complicate efforts to bring the pandemic under control. That would be an issueif the mutation makes the virus so different from earlier strains that people who have immunity to them would not be immune to the new version.

If that is indeed the case, it could make "individuals susceptible to a second infection," the study authors wrote.

It’s possible that the mutation changes the spike in some way that helps the virus evade the immune system, said Montefiori, who has worked on an HIV vaccine for 30 years. “It is hypothetical. We are looking at it very hard.”

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

Knew this at least by March 3rd or 4th.

Screen Name  posted on  2020-05-05   12:18:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: All (#1)

They can't prove the either strain is a natural mutation.

Screen Name  posted on  2020-05-05   12:20:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Screen Name, Ada (#2)

Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Change "coronavirus" to "Ebola" and "Los Alamos" to USAMRIID and you have the plot to Outbreak - predictive programming.

Come on....you knew this would happen when people started demanding their freedom back.

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

Bill D Berger  posted on  2020-05-05   12:40:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Bill D Berger (#3)

Hollyweird told me all I needed to know about where this was going.

China and USSA will be identical in many ways going forward.

All bad. And this while China rolls out its new e-RMB digital currency.

The future is now.

Screen Name  posted on  2020-05-05   12:44:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Screen Name, Bill D Berger (#4)

Hollyweird told me all I needed to know about where this was going.

EXACTLY.

Remember the award show where nurses were avaialble to give celeb their "Flu Shot"?

It is ALL bullshit, theater, AND the casting of spells.(the last one, literally)

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-05   13:08:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Liberator, Bill D Berger (#5)

Alien Invasion by 2030??

Screen Name  posted on  2020-05-05   13:22:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Screen Name (#6)

If by "Alien" you mean "Demon" -- YES. (but it's coming within the next 5 years IMO.)

If you've noticed, they/Hollywood have been programming us heavily with "Alien" content.

And what do they routinely "look" like, or depicted as? Ugly, predatory, powerful, evil creatures.

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-05   13:34:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Screen Name (#4)

China and USSA will be identical in many ways going forward.

All bad. And this while China rolls out its new e-RMB digital currency.

The future is now.

I agree.

People are refusing to see the heavy duty writing on The Wall. We are at the precipitous of a major RESET. All signs point to NESARA implementation.(are you famiiar with it?)

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-05   13:37:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Ada (#0)

They've been saying from the beginning to expect worse reinfections. Since it's not happening I guess they got Dr. Faucistein to cook up a nice nasty Covid-19b.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2020-05-05   13:39:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Ada (#0)

The 33-page report was posted Thursday on BioRxiv, a website that researchers use to share their work before it is peer reviewed, an effort to speed up collaborations with scientists working on COVID-19 vaccines or treatments.

Interesting "news" item only in that this info is being disseminated as though it should be believed outright -- instead of propaganda.

Yahoo "news" via the LA Times are the MSM sources? Doesn't that automatically discredit this story? They are already and obviously discredited as liars and disinfo conduits for the Dark Elites.

And just who the h*ll is 'BioRxiv' and why should THEY also be deemed credible??

All these people do is LIE from the moment they wake up from their demonic crypts...then after breakfast laugh over how easily they are controlling our minds and thoughts.

The evidence strongly suggests that this ENTIRE vax/virus "analysis" about research, strains, studies, and and stuff is just turrible theater and cover for the Elites'-Illuminati long-planned INFECTION and INTENT the actual Vax that is designed EXACTLY FOR:

POPULATION PROGRAMMING

CONTROL

SHORTENED LIFESPAN

DE-POPULATION

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-05   13:50:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: NeoconsNailed (#9)

They've been saying from the beginning to expect worse reinfections. Since it's not happening I guess they got Dr. Faucistein to cook up a nice nasty Covid-19b.

Well, of course we should expect the "worst" -- even when it's not reality.

So what do they do? Yup -- cook up MORE lying "reality." Gotta keep the constant paranoia and Fear-Porn pot on full-boil.

HA! @ Dr. Faucistein. This guy has ZERO cred; is connected directly to Bill Gates and China; works for the corrupt CDC; and....is a YUGE fan of Hitlery Klintoon. Looking forward to the day his azz is standing over the gallows.

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-05   13:55:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Liberator (#8)

https://summit.news/2020/05/05/us-universities- creating-social-credit-style-coronavirus-surveillance-system/

This is, you have to admit, the best Rothschild-Rockefeller scam yet. Amazing what detail, patience and complete buy-in they got from Corporatist-Statists GLOBALLY.

NESARA is on my plate to do full deep dive on this week.

Screen Name  posted on  2020-05-05   14:17:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Liberator (#7)

That's all correct and 2030 was wishful thinking ahaha.

Screen Name  posted on  2020-05-05   14:18:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Bill D Berger (#3)

...you knew this would happen when people started demanding their freedom back.

Yep. Prepare for an economic disaster worse than the Great Depression. Crime, suicide, drug addiction and government power will all increase dramatically.


Freedom is a social skill.

Anthem  posted on  2020-05-05   15:04:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: Liberator (#10)

And just who the h*ll is 'BioRxiv' and why should THEY also be deemed credible??

It appears to be a clearing house of sorts for medical papers BEFORE they are peer reviewed. Wiki describes them as an "open access preprint repository for the biological sciences co-founded by John Inglis and Richard Sever in November 2013."

Connections to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, from what I can tell is a private non profit.

No nefariousness there...however your point is well taken.

WHY are the media even floating this? Trial balloon? Preparing the sheep for Coronapocolypse: The Sequel?

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

Bill D Berger  posted on  2020-05-05   15:35:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Anthem (#14)

Prepare for an economic disaster worse than the Great Depression. Crime, suicide, drug addiction and government power will all increase dramatically.

It was worse in 1969, yet we remained free:

52 Years Ago, a Pandemic Flu Killed 100,000 in the US and Nothing Shut Down—Not Even Woodstock

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

Bill D Berger  posted on  2020-05-05   15:40:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: NeoconsNailed (#9)

The sheep are losing their fear, so something must be done.

Ada  posted on  2020-05-05   16:16:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Screen Name (#13)

2030 was wishful thinking ahaha.

As it turns out, even the "within 5 years" prediction will be late...

Looks like we should expect "Aliens" within the next couple of years (as more and more "space ships sightings" will conveniently be "seen" with coincidental frequency.)

Can't help but notice Hollywood's heavy Alien/Demons visitation/invasion themes flicks programmed into the Pods psyches. Yup, major set up.

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-07   12:27:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Ada (#17)

The sheep are losing their fear, so something must be done.

A+

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2020-05-07   12:41:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: Anthem (#14)

Prepare for an economic disaster worse than the Great Depression.

Crime, suicide, drug addiction and government power will all increase dramatically.

Given the above (Crime, suicide, drug addiction) will inevitably become epidemic, psychologically tens of millions by design will be clinically depressed, without hope.

The PTB know these people/Zombies will necessarily turn toward this same over-officious, power-abusing Uncle Sam to help "solve" ALL of their emotional/economic problems.... And willingly forfeit/surrender liberties & rights.

This is set up to become a classic case of massive Stockholm Syndrome.

Which brings up the next question:

How important will a Pubbie-run Red State governance for economy & commerce AND mental health? (and how morale-crushing will it be to live in a Dem-run Blue State?)

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-07   12:48:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: Liberator (#18)

Could be. This opening and closing again is going to push things past the limit. imo

Screen Name  posted on  2020-05-07   13:04:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: Screen Name (#12)

This is, you have to admit, the best Rothschild-Rockefeller scam yet.

Amazing what detail, patience and complete buy-in they got from Corporatist-Statists GLOBALLY.

Yup. The Rothschild-Rockefeller cabalists played the long game operation to perfection, didn't they? Like taking candy from a baby, usurping and co-opting all the levers of power.

They even telegraph and outright TELL US EXACTLY what they were/are going to do. (part of their "code.")

Hear ya on their attention to detail and patience -- not much of it possible without also co-opting the message, narrative and "truth" via MSM; accomplices like Academia and the Sciences and Hollywood (took care of the mental programming)....

And yes of course -- ultimately *also* buying out the Corporate-Statists honchos, CEOs, and top-tier leadership. I didn't see that coming.

Is it now "CHECKMATE"? Are the so-called, alleged "Patriots" in the "Q" Army actually real? Does NESARA represent the justice AND antidote to the Rothschild-Rockefeller/ cabalists Plan come to fruition?

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-07   13:06:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#23. To: Screen Name (#21)

This opening and closing again is going to push things past the limit.

By design.

If the PTB Plan is to push past the limit -- to Wash, Rinse, Repeat -- and keep on teasing the pods with "The Old Normal" and freedom-as-we-knew-it, psychologically most are going to fold their cards and tent.

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-07   13:10:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#24. To: Screen Name, ALL (#12) (Edited)

NESARA is on my plate to do full deep dive on this week.

It is bizarre...but then again, most truth is (after being deceived, programmed and deprived of truth for so long.)

This young lady is an unlikely source of information and dot-connecting, but...she IS.

NOTE: Past and Current Events and Controlling entities all have a spiritual/Biblical aspect to it. (yes, I realize not all believe this is the case.)

With respect to understanding NESARA, historical background and perspective is crucial. These two videos (and respective explanation) is the best I've seen/heard.

In sequence:

The Saint Germain Deception


The peculiar history of Saint Germain and how it relates to current events and Biblical prophecy.

Please pause the video to read the slides.


Change is on the Horizon Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpAcc...

(NESARA/GESARA) "What is the Mark of the Beast?"

Links to things mentioned in this video:

Link to Protocols of the Illuminated Suns of the Golden Dawn Part 1: https://steemit.com/politics/@c-chang...

Protocols of the Illuminated Suns of the Golden Dawn Part 2: https://steemit.com/occult/@c-change/...

November 11th Wave: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/sc...

X22 Report:
https://www.youtube.com/user/X22Report

Qanon Board: https://qanon.pub

The Saint Germain Deception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnOH5...

The War for Power & Control between the two sets/sides:

Qanon (Patriots) vs. Rockefeller/Rochschild (Cabal):

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-07   13:39:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: Bill D Berger (#15)

Connections to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, from what I can tell is a private non profit.

No nefariousness there...however your point is well taken.

"Nefariousness".

Until we get SOME kind of logic, common sense, and proven TRUTH from someone, anyone, that kind paranoia and distrust of everyone is going to be the default mode (unfortunately.)

Our big questions should be about why ANY labs are (secretly or covertly) financed by Gummint/Business, AND devoted to CREATING viruses (and their vaxxes.)

Btw, I'll provide a link soon to a lab in CT/NY that had created LYME...releasing it (and the infected ticks) back in the mid 1980s.

Liberator  posted on  2020-05-07   13:48:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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