From: Winnipeg, MB
obvert: Many people had a pattern of symptoms, where their symptoms were heightened initially, nearly disappeared, then returned again with ferocity, along with a very wide range of symptoms.
That seems to fit with the research that shows the virus developing new strains quite quickly, probably as the body neutralizes the initial infection. Another reason why I think we will be fighting this beast for a long time. I know vaccines try to target immunity to some key, immutable characteristic of the virus but sometimes the best we can come up with is a vaccine that targets an RNA bit that can mutate.
While there are certainly new strains there is little evidence that is causing the record high new cases in the United States. If that was the case places that has successfully flattened the curve would be rising along with the rest of the country. That is simply not the case. New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are not seeing the massive increases Texas, Florida, Arkansas , The Carolinas and much of the south are. If there was a new strain why the disparity? Immunity from he original strain? Perhaps, but there is nowhere near enough confirmed exposure levels for any sort of herd immunity. It seems that the states that locked down longer and harder are not seeing the levels of increase of states that shut down less completely and for a shorter period of time.
Yeah, my comment was more about how the individual experiences the symptoms, perhaps because of mutations during the infected period. The length of the symptom period is variable, suggesting the virus itself can vary. I was not suggesting that as a reason for the hot spots in any country.
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