During the holiday season, New York City is one of several cities across the world dealing with an avalanche of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variety.
The CDC said on Monday that Omicron has surpassed the delta variation, with the latest coronavirus mutation accounting for more than 70% of all cases in the United States.
This new variant raises several issues, including: Will there be another version in the near future? If that’s the case, what does that signify for the broader public? During Tuesday’s coronavirus press briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi, and Mitchell H. Katz, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the United States, responded to these questions, providing insight into how the city would respond if another variant overtook the Big Apple.
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Because mutations are prevalent when dealing with viruses, the possibility of seeing another version is not too far-fetched, according to Katz.
The virus will constantly make mistakes while replicating – that’s what viruses do. When a certain amount of errors occur, it reproduces itself, according to Katz. Mutations are the errors that occur during replication. The majority of mutations provide no benefit to the virus, and some of them render the virus nonviable, causing it to die. The alterations that are most likely to persist are those that provide a transmission advantage, making the virus more likely to transmit and so multiply… The virus only wants to proliferate, as much as possible, because that’s what its coding tells it to do. So, absolutely, there is the possibility of additional mutations.
Nevertheless, Katz emphasised that a virus’s changes do not always imply it has become more dangerous.
Despite what you are seeing in science fiction movies, he claims that mutations don’t have to be more harmful. The Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 was survived by the entire planet. That same virus is still circulating, and in the vast majority of situations, it is no longer a hazardous infection. Virus mutation is a natural part of life, and we’re ready to defend and safeguard New Yorkers no matter what this virus throws at us.
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