The brand-new stress of coronavirus recognized in infected clients in the city of Manaus (Amazonas) is expected to become the dominant variant in Brazil soon. Who affirms is the infectologist of Fiocruz Amazônia Marcus Lacerda, in an interview to O Globo this Friday (29).
Called P. 1, it was discovered in 91% of virus samples sequenced throughout January in the state and is mentioned by scientists who keep track of the pandemic in the region as accountable for ending the collective resistance that existed in the capital, resulting in a brand-new surge of covid-19 cases in early 2021.
According to Lacerda, most likely the P. 1 variant of Sars-CoV-2 is currently present in other areas of Brazil– 3 cases were determined in São Paulo last Wednesday (29). It is a “matter of time” for it to prevail over the other known strains of the virus, something like “a month”, predicts the specialist.
Recently identified by Japanese scientists when examining samples from travelers who were in northern Brazil, the new pressure reveals mutations in the spike protein area and there are indicators that it has a higher transmission capacity. Regardless of this, the preventative measures to avoid contagion are the exact same as those currently understood to all.
Possibility of “mega-epidemic”
In an interview with the Manhattan Connection program on TV Cultura, previous Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta specified that the coronavirus variation that emerged in Manaus could generate a mega-epidemic in Brazil in up to 60 days.
For him, the absence of actions to prevent the spread of P. 1, combined with the transfer of patients to other states without any type of biosafety block, will spread the pressure throughout the nation.
Even concurring with the gravity of the situation, Lacerda makes an appointment. According to the expert, those who are spreading the infections are tourists who do not adhere to the seclusion or take control measures.