Coronavirus mutations, variants and strains: what makes them different

  • Lidia Sanchez
  • Animal policy

49 minutes ago

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The coronavirus uses special proteins to enter our body.

With the confirmation in several countries of the registration of the SARS-CoV-2 variant which wreaked havoc in the UK, confusion has also arisen over the terms used to refer to it.

Is it correct to say that this is a new strain? Is a mutation the same as a variant? What is a lineage?

Before detailing what each term refers to, let’s first remember that, as the experts explained to us, all viruses constantly mutate, at different rates and with different repercussions.

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