Azerbaijani scientist: “It is too early to circulate information about the new type of coronavirus with such excitement”
- 21 December 2020
Chairman German-Azerbaijani Radiology and Neuroradiology Society, doctor of medical sciences at the University of Cologne Clinic Nuran Abdullayev has clarified important points on coronavirus, which is said to be mutated in England.
Azerbaijani scientist told APA that it is too early to circulate information about the spread of the new type of coronavirus with such excitement: "It has been wrong to call B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 a newly mutated virus since yesterday, both on social media and mass media. In general, the virus has undergone some changes since January. In China, for example, there was a difference between the virus when it first appeared and the virus when death increased over time. There was also a difference between the first virus in Germany in January and the virus in Italy. Because of this difference, Germany at the time proved scientifically that Italy's claim that "the virus has passed from us to you" was false. This time in the UK, certain changes were found in the branch or lineage of the virus B.1.1.7 (Lineage B.1.1.7). These changes have multiplied in the last 4 weeks and have been detected in the virus during infections in different parts of the UK. This has rightly worried British scientists. This is because of the increase in the number of infections in the UK coincided with the increase in these changes in the virus. This timing may or may not be a coincidence. Therefore, scientists need to keep genomic and epidemiological control of the virus around the world, taking into account this type of mutation. It is too early to say for sure about the antigen-forming ability and virulence of such a mutated virus, as no one in the laboratory has yet made a serious comparison between these mutant viruses and previous viruses."
The doctor of medical sciences said that Azerbaijan should also organize strong security measures.