Excited about the NeoCov virus, which is said to be a new and deadlier variant of Covid, here are the real facts – all sides – Archyde

GridHype.ID – Pandemic through Coronavirus (Covid-19) is not over yet, now a new virus called NeoCov.

Chinese scientists claim NeoCov virus is a ‘new Covid variant’.

Not only that, the NeoCov virus is also said to be deadlier.

When The Independent launched Kompas.com on Saturday (January 29, 2022), the NeoCov coronavirus was said to have threatened a higher infection and death rate.

Compared to the previous type of virus that caused a global pandemic, namely SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.

So what is NeoCov?

According to a new study report that has not yet been peer-reviewed, Chinese scientists are discovering the NeoCov virus.

However, the NeoCov virus is actually not a new variant of the coronavirus that is causing the current global pandemic.

In contrast, NeoCov is a virus derived from another type of coronavirus associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV).

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So far, the origins of Mers-CoV itself have not been fully clarified. MERS-CoV, previously known as the corona virus, is transmitted to humans by infected (Arabian) dromedaries.

NeoCov is a close relative of the virus that causes the Middle East respiratory infection MERS-CoV and circulates among bats.

The virus is zoonotic, which means the corona virus is transmitted between animals and humans and can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact with animals.

In research published this week, Wuhan scientists warned that NeoCov, or Neo Covid, could cause problems if transmitted from bats to humans.

The coronavirus does not appear to be neutralized by human antibodies trained to attack SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, nor MERS-CoV.

The study by Chinese scientists who identified this virus as Neo Covid shows that there is a potential threat from the NeoCov coronavirus that infects people.

But so far there is no evidence of how contagious or deadly the virus is.

Laboratory tests have also shown that the ability of the NeoCoV virus to infect human cells is poor.

“We need to see more data confirming human infection and its associated severity before we become concerned,” Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick, told The Independent.

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This pre-print study has shown that infecting human cells with the neo-Covid virus is very inefficient.

He added, emphasizing this but needing to remain vigilant regarding the spread of coronavirus infections from animals, particularly bats, to humans.

“This (examining the results of the NeoCov virus) is an important lesson we need to learn and one that requires better integration of research into human and animal infectious diseases,” Prof. Young said.

The researchers revealed that the NeoCov virus, dubbed a new variant of Covid, is actually still related to Mers-CoV.

“Mers-CoV has been identified in camels in several countries in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia,” said the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the WHO, a total of 27 countries have reported cases of Mers-CoV since 2012, and it has reportedly caused 858 known deaths from infections and related complications.

The WHO further explained that after analyzing the genomes of various viruses, it is believed that the transmitted virus probably originated in bats and then was transmitted to camels at some point in the past.

The WHO says 35 per cent of patients infected with Mers-Covid are dying, although this may be too high as mild cases may be missed by existing surveillance systems.

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