Study Finds the Coronavirus Has Mutated

Published September 24, 2020

The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that is responsible for COVID-19 has mutated from its original strain, according to new research — and experts say that suggests it has become even more infectious. Discovering mutations can be useful from a scientific standpoint because “they allow us to track spread and exposures,” says John A. Sellick Jr., DO, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. “This particular mutation originated in Europe and “allowed us to determine that most of the east coast virus came from Europe.”