This is great news, and probably something that most people failed to recognize the significance of. This is a bit long, but keep reading. You’re going to love the punchline.
Viruses normally mutate over time due to random processes that result in their viral genetics being unfaithfully replicated. All viruses change over time, with coronaviruses demonstrating an intermediate mutation rate compared to other viruses. They’re not the fastest, and they’re not the slowest. This process is normally thought to be completely random and not directed in any way, with certain mutations being selected preferentially over others as the virus competes against other variants in the pool.
This process, when compounded over time, normally results in the mortality and health impact of the virus being “attenuated”, meaning that the virus moves towards becoming more benign. This is…
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