Researchers have reportedly identified a “double mutant” variant of the Chinese coronavirus in California, according to reports.
The Stanford Clinical Virology Lab identified at least one case of the variant, which it said originated from India, Lisa Kim, a spokesperson for Stanford Health Care, confirmed over the weekend. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, they are calling the variant a “double mutant” due to the fact that it “carries two worrisome mutations in a key part of the virus which help it latch onto cells.”
However, Kim said researchers do not know if the variant is more transmissible than the original virus, nor if the vaccine is effective against it, although some experts suspect it may be more infectious.
Per the Chronicle:
Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert at UCSF, said it appears the variant could be more infectious because it accounts for 20% of cases in