There’s no secret that COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease. Its alarming rate of spreading was the main factor that led to all the lockdowns and restrictions from across the world. But what exactly is causing the virus to spread so outrageously fast has been puzzling the scientists until now.
Along with a new study published in the journal Nature Communications , the scientists involved believe that they had achieved a fundamental advance in the understanding of the new coronavirus.
SARS-CoV-2 is capable of sneaking into human cells without being detected
A team of researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio discovered the unique property of the terrifying coronavirus. It seems that SARS-CoV-2 contains a particular enzyme known as nsp16 that it uses in a very cunning way. Thus, the virus is practically tricking the human cell into accepting it as part of itself. Normally, the cell would have to trigger an immune system response for fighting the virus.
Lead author Yogesh Gupta declared:
Because of the modifications, which fool the cell, the resulting viral messenger RNA is now considered as part of the cell’s own code and not foreign,
Hopefully, the new discovery is another step forward for coming up with the right medication and a vaccine. COVID-19 doesn’t care if you’re wealthy or poor, black or white, how many cars you own, and so on. The disease continues to spread across the world mercilessly, and several countries are seeing an increase in the daily number of infections lately. We can include here the US, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and others. With a death toll of over 650,000 people across the globe, there’s also a good part: over 10 million patients infected with the virus were recovered by the doctors.