Study Discovers the Coronavirus Is Camouflaging Itself to Target Your Cells Which Is Why It Is So Infectious

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What makes COVID-19 so dangerous. Just as scientists and health officials of some countries thought they were making some headway, there are spikes occurring worldwide. Yesterday the 26th July saw a phenomenal 50k + cases in countries like India and the USA. What makes it difficult for scientists worldwide is that the COVID-19 is a new mutated strain of the coronavirus and many aspects of it are yet to be ascertained by research. Ongoing studies are finding new things about COVID-19 every day but one of the most crucial findings was how the virus was able to become so infectious. It was actually disguising itself.

1A crucial aspect of SARS-CoV-2 has been found

A crucial part of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected by scientists which makes it extremely infectious with the ability to sneak into our cells under our system’s protective radar. Is this why it is infecting people by the thousands? Never before has the world seen a virus with the capability of such rapid transmission. Thankfully, for modern science, medical technology and medicine, the world is managing even though health systems are being overwhelmed, over exerted and overrun. One can’t quite imagine what would have happened if COVID-19 made an appearance two centuries ago.

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The coronavirus has learned to be devious

Call it devious or some trick of viral evolution but the COVID -19 is learned a biological trick of disguising itself says scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. The team of scientists found that the coronavirus has a particular enzyme called nsp16 which it utilizes very cleverly to trick the cells of our body into thinking that the virus is supposed to be there. Lead author of the study Yogesh Gupta said “It’s a camouflage,” lead author Yogesh Gupta said in a press release.”

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2Just like an alarm code that disables an alarm to your front door

To explain more clearly, it is just like an alarm system of your main door. With the code, you can enter a building without the alarm going off because the alarm recognizes you are valid to enter. It is the same with the SARS-CoV-2 that has acquired the same advantage when entering human cells. It has the code to just shimmy through right in. Messenger RNA delivers genetic codes to worksites that produce proteins.

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3It uses an enzyme to modify RNA

What the virus does is to use the enzyme to modify one part of its RNA molecules that are part of its own genetic code. In fact, it’s much like a hack or tweak said the study that was published in the Journal Nature Communication. The hack simply tricks the host cell to accept the coronavirus as a part of the cell itself. When this happens there wone be an immune response triggered as in usual cases when cells recognize and alien body.

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