Anti-Covid drugs can cause new “mutations”!

Anti-Covid drugs can cause new “mutations”!

In 2019 and 2020, the world faced a pandemic disease that wreaked havoc and sparked numerous scientific studies: coronavirus. Until today, this disease has been and remains, despite the recently discovered vaccine, a real public health problem. Covid-19, whose symptoms are more or less similar to those of regular flu, is a disease that quickly reduces life prognosis.

Anti-Covid drugs can cause new “mutations”!
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It has therefore been the subject of several studies that have led to the development of the COVID vaccines used to treat it today. Several variants of the COVID-19 virus have been discovered due to its ability to mutate quickly. However, new research shows that the new virus may be caused by antiviral drugs!

Mechanism of action of molnupiravir: COVID-19 antivirus

Antiviral therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 includes oral molnupiravir. It is a synthetic antibody, similar to natural antibodies, whose role is to limit the viral load in the body. Creating multiple mutationsMolnupiravir hijacks the target virus and causes multiple lethal mutations that destroy the target virus itself. On the other hand, the idea of ​​destroying the virus by stimulating its automutation worries part of public opinion. It should be remembered that coronavirus, like SARS-COV-2 The COVID virus is a strain that can mutate into new pathogenic strains.

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Should we be afraid of the emergence of a new virus?

The problem is the likelihood of pathogenic mutant versions emerging rather than lethal (destroying the target virus) as should be the case. The SARS-COV-2 strain, under the influence of monulpiravir, could mutate into the Delta, Omicron and EG.5 strains, and not into the lethal version that can destroy it.

To dispel doubts, American scientists conducted tests and reported encouraging findings. Patients who received monulpiravir actually developed fewer mutant strains than those who did not receive it. Monulpiravir induces a threshold at which mutations become lethal and destroy the virus itself. Monulpiravir is therefore a safe treatment option for COVID. Thus, it seems that the “super virus” is not something to be afraid of. On the other side, strict monitoring of the progress of patients undergoing treatment turns out to be safer.


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