WATCH — Have you heard the term variant? Here’s what it means

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry and CBC Kids News • 2021-08-26 06:11

A variant is an imperfect copy of a virus with new abilities


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.

Be sure to watch these videos for more information about COVID-19:

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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