WATCH — Have you heard the term variant? Here’s what it means
A variant is an imperfect copy of a virus with new abilities
⭐️HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW⭐️
- When viruses reproduce, they don’t always make perfect copies.
- The imperfect copying, called a mutation, changes the way a virus behaves and infects people.
- These new, imperfect copies are called variants.
- Watch to learn how variants change a virus. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
The pandemic has brought us another word to add to our COVID-19 dictionary: variant.
You might have been hearing it a lot recently, but what does variant mean and how does it change the fight against COVID-19?
Watch this video to find out more about variants:
Mutations of the coronavirus are referred to as the alpha, beta, gamma and delta variants.
- You can learn more about those variants here.
Be sure to watch these videos for more information about COVID-19:
- WATCH — Do I need to wear a mask around someone who’s had the COVID-19 vaccine?
- WATCH — What does asymptomatic mean?
- WATCH — How does COVID-19 spread?
- WATCH — What is myocarditis?
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