A SARS-CoV-2 VUI focused investigation was conducted at the public health laboratory in Birmingham, England. As a result of the examinations, it was revealed that the new variant virus carries much more viral load than the old. Scientists stated that the virus is so much more contagious.
Research continues on the Covid-19 variant SARS-CoV-2 VUI virus, which emerged in the UK and then alerted other countries. Scientists in Birmingham, England, shared the details of a new study they recently conducted.
As a result of the examination initiated on hundreds of blood samples, it was revealed that the viral load of the virus was much higher than that of SARS-CoV-2. Scientists explained that the virus load is very high in patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 VUI virus, so the virus has become much more contagious.
“We found the answer we were looking for on how the new variant gets infected faster”
A review of the SARS-CoV-2 VUI was initiated at the public health laboratory in Birmingham, blood samples were collected from 641 people. As a result of the investigations, it was revealed that the new variant carries a much higher viral load than the old variant.
In 35% of the blood samples exposed to the new variant, very high viral load counts were seen. This burden number was detected in only 10% of the population not exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 VUI virus.
Michael Kidd, one of the names that led the study, stated that more investigations are needed for the results to be finalized, adding that they still cannot figure out how the new variant has such a high viral load. Kidd stated that, thanks to these preliminary investigations, they found the answer they were looking for about how the virus was transmitted faster.