A new variant of COVID has now been found in South Africa. While the World Health Organization has not yet called this variant a worrying variant, C.1.2. variant, as it is called, attracts the attention of many scientists and researchers for the rapid nature to which it mutates.
C.1.2. The variant is said to carry the most mutations since the “wild” variant left China.
C.1.2. was first found in Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces in May of this year. This new variant has been seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland, according to the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases.
According to some studies, this new variant is more transmissible due to its many mutations. It has also been said that this mutation can potentially escape COVID vaccines, although this has not been confirmed.
For a variant to be considered a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization, it must be proven that the variant exhibits “increased transmissibility” – it is too early to call for C.1.2. a “variant of interest”. This could change with more studies and with the passage of time. You shouldn’t worry about C.1.2. in the United States, right now.