Omicron’s Mutations: Scary or Signal Beginning of the End

by Mike Mutzel


Let's discuss the potential good news with regards to the recent variant of concern and how these mutations can lead to reduced severity of illness that's easier to catch.



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Episode Time Stamps:

0:00 Intro
0:45 Transmission VS Virulence Trade off
1:30 New mutations, what they mean
3:42 Location of ACE2: why it matters
4:31 Most important point of this paper
5:53 Testing Vitamin D at home
6:23 Details of the new mutations and ACE2
7:42 Upper airway infections are easier to transmit, catch
8:14 The transmission VS virulence trade off
9:52 ACE2 receptors have gradient densities in the airway
10:50 I could be wrong!


References Cited:

Vu MN, MenacheryVD (2021)Binding and entering: COVIDfinds a new home.PLoSPathog17(8):e1009857.

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