breakin news Virologists evaluated the chances of the complete disappearance of the coronavirus :: Society :: RBC lastminute news

According to Sergei Netesov, doctor of biological sciences, professor, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, head of the laboratory of biotechnology and virology at the faculty o…

breakin news Virologists evaluated the chances of the complete disappearance of the coronavirus :: Society :: RBC lastminute news

According to Sergei Netesov, doctor of biological sciences, professor, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, head of the laboratory of biotechnology and virology at the faculty o…

breakin news Virologists evaluated the chances of the complete disappearance of the coronavirus :: Society :: RBC lastminute news
23 May 2020 - 00:31

According to Sergei Netesov, doctor of biological sciences, professor, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, head of the laboratory of biotechnology and virology at the faculty of natural sciences of Novosibirsk State University, SARS-CoV-2 changes much more slowly than influenza, hepatitis C or HIV viruses, and this is similar to many other coronaviruses.

“The first human coronaviruses were discovered back in the 1960s – and they have changed very little genetically since then. But they are not in the refrigerator: they are also transmitted from person to person and due to this they continue to evolve. But the speed of this evolution is much slower than many other viruses, ”said Nekrasov. He also suggested that over time, the virus will become less dangerous.

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Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor, Head of the Virology Laboratory of the Federal Scientific Center for Biodiversity of Terrestrial Biota East Asia FEB RAS Mikhail Schelkanov also believes that SARS-CoV-2 is unlikely to leave the human population.

“I think the new coronavirus will continue to adapt to the human body. And, perhaps, in 30–40 years this virus will not be as pathogenic for humans as it is now. I’m seriously afraid of another: having realized its pandemic potential, this virus has already gained worldwide distribution, ”said the professor.

In his opinion, the danger of the virus lies in the fact that thanks to humans, it penetrated into the wild ecosystems of those territories where it could not get through animals. “I am afraid that, for example, this virus will enter the bats population of Northern Eurasia. <...> The possibility of infection of other mammals should also be analyzed, ”suggested Schelkanov.

It is already known that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted to animals, which means that it “will inevitably begin to spread in the wild, evolve and return to the human population again and again. This must be taken into account now, ”the scientist warned.

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