Why so many Covid-19 variants are showing up now

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And what that tells us about the pandemic.

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Like any virus, SARS-CoV-2 has been mutating constantly since the beginning of the pandemic. Until November of 2020, though, that didn’t seem to matter. That’s when scientists in the United Kingdom noticed an alarming change: The virus had mutated in a way that made it more transmissible. Within a month, similar reports were emerging from places around the world. Suddenly, it seemed the virus was changing at an alarming rate.

SARS-CoV-2 hasn’t actually been mutating faster, though. Instead, by letting it spread around the world, we’ve just given it more and more opportunities to mutate as it replicates. The result is that, after countless random mutations, there are signs that the virus is beginning to adapt to our natural defenses. And because it’s completely normal for a virus to change over time, we shouldn’t expect it to stop. The only real way to stop those changes is to stop giving the virus so many opportunities.

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Veteran Legionnaire.
Veteran Legionnaire. 25 मिनट पहले
Well The alphabet ends at letter Z. Get comfortable folks.
Logan 39 मिनट पहले
Because China keeps evolving it to perfect their biological weapon.
Sofie M
Sofie M 42 मिनट पहले
why are there so many variations, okay I'll answer because it's all on purpose her goal 1 population reduction 2 get profit 3 replaces the role of humans in all aspects of work
Tarik घंटे पहले
Vaccines cause variants. Evolutionary pressure.
nig 3 मिनट पहले
Blake Osbourn
Blake Osbourn 2 घंटे पहले
Covid has basically turned into an Apple product at this point.
Azmodan 4 घंटे पहले
We need god of mischief at this time LOKI
Zoe W
Zoe W 4 घंटे पहले
Why are all these new variants named after brain wave activity things that make you go 🤔.. lol my best guess is the mark of the beast new world order mind control just a thought 🤷🏾‍♂️
JD K 4 घंटे पहले
First is was deaths. Deaths not enough, okay we'll switch to cases. What a joke
Nandoxus 4 घंटे पहले
Sigma Covid Grindset
Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson 7 घंटे पहले
Gepli PRL
Gepli PRL 9 घंटे पहले
I'm waiting for Covid-19 Pro Rog max with 16 GB, SM8250 Snapdragon, LTE-A (6CA) Cat20 2000/150 Mbps, 5G 4.4 Gbps DL, and Adreno 650. Thank you.
marlon B
marlon B 10 घंटे पहले
Vaccination is the reason, your body becomes the manufacturer for the virus. Natural immunity would have been better and treat the sick. Scientist need to stop playing with NATURE.
Lawrence Tate
Lawrence Tate 15 घंटे पहले
D T 15 घंटे पहले
Couldn't the world have stopped the virus from spreading if everyone had just stayed home or was extra cautious for 2 weeks?
rodnava03 16 घंटे पहले
Some of you'll (Conservatives) are going to learn the hard way until you finally decide to get vaccinated.
I G0T THE MILK 14 घंटे पहले
Just shut up
Joey Gallagher
Joey Gallagher 16 घंटे पहले
No . Lambda , Epsilon have already been identified ughhhhh
J Rez
J Rez 17 घंटे पहले
China is attacking us... They will keep mutating this virus and they will get stronger..
rima nunki
rima nunki 18 घंटे पहले
scare tatics
rima nunki
rima nunki 18 घंटे पहले
ask dr. death fauci, check his freezer
GP 18 घंटे पहले
All these variants, yet we are told the vaccine which was made before all of them, works.
Joel Costa
Joel Costa 6 घंटे पहले
"All these variants, yet we are told that disinfectant which was made before all of them, works."
Rob 18 घंटे पहले
Overblown hoax. Then they will start blaming it on the unvaccinated, instead on the vaccine that doesn't work.
Ninja ni Bionic
Ninja ni Bionic 19 घंटे पहले
If Ultra Instinct variant shows up i'm taking all the vaccine shots.
iLetStudio 19 घंटे पहले
Cradle of Anal
Cradle of Anal 20 घंटे पहले
That is great.. just great..
Sam Vimes
Sam Vimes 21 घंटे पहले
Ordinar¡ly v¡ruses mutate out to less Iethal forms... UnIess goverπment and big ph@rma reaIIy reaIIy want you to take an exper¡mentaI sh0t.
Sam Vimes
Sam Vimes 21 घंटे पहले
So many var¡ants are showing up because they are ¡mag¡nary and politically necessary to perpetuate the fe@r, masking, vaccination and mail-¡n voting. S0 that Democrat l¡ars can continue to ste@I elections.
Vinnie Alibrandi
Vinnie Alibrandi 22 घंटे पहले
Vindicate natural immunity. End enforced vaccinations.
purefire21 22 घंटे पहले
five variant from 5 Vaccines
Rahul Vaidya
Rahul Vaidya 23 घंटे पहले
The mutation isn't random, the second coming of Jesus is at hand.
⚔️Saffron Warrior ⚔️
⚔️Saffron Warrior ⚔️ दिन पहले
I am waiting for zombie variant the one that goes to the brain and convert us into living dead
R. Rivera
R. Rivera दिन पहले
I'm going to create a real SnowPiercer who's with me..
Garry Miller
Garry Miller 7 घंटे पहले
That's my movie shocked a tech-Savi train 🚂 does not exists unless they keeping us in the dark 🤔
Arel Sprite
Arel Sprite दिन पहले
Because Covid wants to be part of a fraternity
Telia Moseley
Telia Moseley दिन पहले
Zeta is out there, who knew they had a cure for the common cold or allergies 🤧
Neo दिन पहले
you get a variant, she get a variant, everybody gets a variant!
Chaos Control Media
Chaos Control Media दिन पहले
5:19-5:29 Thanks Biden for beating back Covid-19
Mother Mary
Mother Mary दिन पहले
NEW epsilon strain after lamba and Delta and the original Wake up call from the Lord, the 👑 virus. The book of Revelation and the books of Enoch are in effect beginning with covid-19 January 2020. The Pale horse of famine rights next.
Mike 2ez
Mike 2ez दिन पहले
Vaccines make it mutate
Untalented दिन पहले
People joking about this... Im sometimes think... what if one day corona reach omega variant... Are we gonna extinct?
leslie detorres
leslie detorres दिन पहले
The spotty bandana outstandingly scrub because detective natively irritate via a psychotic blue. violet, legal racing
Three Shocks shocker
Three Shocks shocker दिन पहले
UN Agenda 2030
MD Peel Peel
MD Peel Peel दिन पहले
That’s a few of many variants that were created in the Wuhan Lab.
Three Shocks shocker
Three Shocks shocker दिन पहले
UN Agenda 2030
Freedom For realz
Freedom For realz दिन पहले
Which test do I have to take to figure out which one I have? Or is it simply a flu test?
Paul Newman
Paul Newman दिन पहले
Depopulation has begun, at this point if you still think there isn’t a evil shadow network that runs government’s, I don’t know what to tell you people anymore, so far gone in the brainwashing by uncle sam… Omg it’s just sad. Keep laughing and saying conspiracy theories, look we’re you and your loved ones are going to end up. WAKE UP
Mr. Rubio
Mr. Rubio दिन पहले
4:40 : CCP scientist hold my laboratory
Alex दिन पहले
Corona and Influenza (both are commonly referred to as the flu) evolve every year and have been doing that for ever. How is that new? Stop the fear mongering.
Shelton Ray
Shelton Ray दिन पहले
Can Saitama (one punch man)get Covid
異才 दिन पहले
Let's just hope this variants won't surpass our current vaccines
Nathaniel Castillo
Nathaniel Castillo दिन पहले
So is this Covid Season 2?
Kenneth Varela
Kenneth Varela दिन पहले
After 4:54 Watch Vox contradic it self. FF to 5:36
Nikola Djelic
Nikola Djelic दिन पहले
Hosoi Archives
Hosoi Archives दिन पहले
I’m so glad I understand viruses so I’m not manipulated by people like this
Open Their Eyes
Open Their Eyes दिन पहले
Liars! This is the New World Order in plain view. Wake up, naive people.
AhhAnthony दिन पहले
do people forget that there is flu variants????
Gym Leader
Gym Leader दिन पहले
Im waiting for bazinga variant
K Lopedo
K Lopedo दिन पहले
People still listen to Vox? Amazing.
dee bee
dee bee दिन पहले
Because the vaxxed are the superspreaders.. the more vaxxed people there are, the more the virus mutates.
Ali Sosa
Ali Sosa दिन पहले
This is becoming more and more like a bad flu that mutates yearly and requires and updated vaccination- a bad world case of flu is about 650,000 deaths while COVID has killed about 630,000 last time I checked. Are we going to just keep living in lockdown or is the Government going to mandate vaccines? I’m vaccinated but at this point it’s ridiculous and the death statistics haven’t been fairly represented.
Denni Lister
Denni Lister दिन पहले
Never will my family take. The jab!
Keking दिन पहले
Human 1.0 act individually Human 2.0 act both individually and unity
Chico_1983 दिन पहले
They are all man made
Eagle Arrow
Eagle Arrow दिन पहले
Virus variants get weaker. (This is like the flu) So was the flu created by man as well? 🤔
Guru Ameen
Guru Ameen दिन पहले
It’s not a vaccine it’s an experimental drug. The variants can also come from “vaccinated” people. They are mutating the response from the “vaccine” and can spread the variant.
Brandon_ 21ea
Brandon_ 21ea दिन पहले
Hearing this makes me think that the Covid virus is really a biological weapon invented by mankind.
490o 54 मिनट पहले
You would think that if you didn't pay any attention in biology class
Hunter Kennemer
Hunter Kennemer 9 घंटे पहले
@Ryan this might be the most crippling pandemic in human history so… no.. this does not happen with all viruses. And especially not for ones with 99.97% survival rate, which speaks a lot about our worlds governments.
cazz pharrel
cazz pharrel 10 घंटे पहले
They confirmed this already....
Christina Harrington
Christina Harrington 23 घंटे पहले
It is.
Cruse Joshuaei
Cruse Joshuaei दिन पहले
Is was duh there was this women from china crying about how their govt. Was so evil and etc everyone just forgot about jt bc it got deleted.
Riyanie Hd
Riyanie Hd दिन पहले
COVID=Conspiracy Of Virus for International Depopulation. watch out...!!
Juan Cruz
Juan Cruz दिन पहले
Covid 19 Windows 10 the bill gates edition.
Travis Mcisaac
Travis Mcisaac दिन पहले
Simple it was made in a lab as were the variants.
patrick anastacio
patrick anastacio दिन पहले
Because people want power
Ahmed Zakki
Ahmed Zakki दिन पहले
Pakistan....one.nuclear please.this.virus will.run.away Lockdown. 24/7.
Ryan Nechvatal
Ryan Nechvatal दिन पहले
Congrats on the people who rushed to get vaccinated. Now you will need three more vaccines. What a joke! 🤣
arely ferrel
arely ferrel दिन पहले
You didn’t get it did you???🙄
David Victor
David Victor दिन पहले
Its nothing more than the flu adapting to survive just like us humans wanting to survive,
Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson 7 घंटे पहले
Yeah but they say that's by random chance given enough time and not it reacting to the host, which I don't know if is a fact.
Niro Taylor
Niro Taylor दिन पहले
Because Democrats need excuses as to why people who have taken the vaccine are still catching and spreading COVID.
Roland Liggayu
Roland Liggayu दिन पहले
There too many host or not vaccinated so the virus can mutate in different form
Andy North
Andy North दिन पहले
Have they even isolated the virus in the lab. P*R tests don’t even test for co***
Daniel Miller
Daniel Miller 2 दिन पहले
more variants are showing up so the govenments around the world can play lock down games...gotta have the next tragedy to give them an excuse to try and rule over your every movement.
Alexlava X
Alexlava X 2 दिन पहले
What about vaccine immunization efficiency only for the specific spike protein from the mRNA technology ? Vaxxed people are not ready for any other "parts" of the virus. Thus why they still get infected. Useless vaccine.
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali 2 दिन पहले
Apparently TVA has a lot of work to do
Darwin Jap
Darwin Jap 2 दिन पहले
Cause vaccine
This all to cover up political plunder. The election audit is coming
S P 2 दिन पहले
Bcoz it's political.
chet tamine
chet tamine 2 दिन पहले
A vaccine with a 95% 'efficacy' rate in a controlled clinical trial, testing on healthy adults, won't be 95% 'effective' in the real world with elderly people, pregnant women, children and those who have existing health issues. The overall 'effectiveness' won't be known for some time. For some perspective, influenza vaccines, which changes each year depending on how it evolves, has an average 'efficacy' rate of 59%, however its only 27% 'effective' at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and of that, its 49% 'effective' in reducing the risk of death. Point being, 'efficacy' is not the same as 'effectiveness' and a 'vaccine' doesn't defy as 'immunity', which my older brother found this out the hard way. Covid will be with us for a few years.
Dawid Yonah BenLewi
Dawid Yonah BenLewi 2 दिन पहले
Wasn't this virus created by scientists in a lab. Why should we trust virologist scientists? *Do people who naively and ignorantly say they trust the science also trust the science who made this virus and caused the death of millions worldwide...?*
Jarrett 2 दिन पहले
Humans are interesting because of belief and unbelief. What do you believe about this virus?
V Arias
V Arias 2 दिन पहले
Nick Nigga
Nick Nigga 2 दिन पहले
Vox loves to lie
badinfluence1985 2 दिन पहले
EVENT 201 (Google it or youtube it and check the date the event was held) Vox: Don't google that. It will expose us.
walterp380 2 दिन पहले
..and the rest of the Greek alphabet to go!
Jose Perez
Jose Perez 2 दिन पहले
4 horseman of the apocalypse
Godzilla 2 दिन पहले
nazisci to robil hitler co wy robicie
͛ 2 दिन पहले
Mutations are environment-driven. Plenty of them, but never completely random. Both vaxxed and non-vaxxed people will create mutations. Virus will adapt via natural selection to survive immune response learned from the current vaccines.
Mama help me 🤧😭😭... Please ppl follow the health protocols or all of us keep going to hospitals and the hospitals are already full😭😭 And also WHERE IS TVA?? The branches might be rising now... Oh yeah right The "he who remains AKA Kang" is dead So there is no TVA
Tim Hannahan
Tim Hannahan 2 दिन पहले
Hmmm now the rate in the UK have plummeted? So there you go heard immunity works again
Venom Snake
Venom Snake 2 दिन पहले
Never vaccinate during a pandemic
Ross Egan
Ross Egan 2 दिन पहले
Oh no the flu..lets all live in fear for the rest of our lives...pcr tests are complete nonsense and that is fact..they cannot tell the diffrence between the flu and covid so all the case numbers are wrong..the jab is not a vaccine..what does it vaccinate against?
Zezu Zaza
Zezu Zaza 2 दिन पहले
we are going to become zombie?
Jc Arroyo
Jc Arroyo 2 दिन पहले
Reminds me of plague inc. Now that the contagious upgrades and mutation are maxed. Now is the time to upgrade its lethality.
Edo Tokugawa
Edo Tokugawa 2 दिन पहले
The TVA must prune these variants.
Edward Brock
Edward Brock 10 घंटे पहले
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