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Coronavirus mutation: Is the fear justified, and where does it come from?

Surely Hollywood must bear some responsibility for our misconceptions about mutation. After all, the concept has inspired movie makers for decades

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A health worker in a PPE kit collects swab samples from people to conduct tests for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at New Delhi Railway Station in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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A new strain of the coronavirus may be responsible for the faster spread of the virus in London and south-east England, it has been announced. Unconfirmed reports suggest that coronavirus variant is called N501Y. This particular strain has been increasing in frequency since August.
The idea of a mutating virus, breaking out into new strains, is enough to scare most people. But are these fears justified, and where do they come from?
Surely Hollywood must bear some responsibility for our misconceptions about mutation. After all, the concept has inspired movie makers for decades, starting with Die,

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First Published: Dec 16 2020 | 10:05 AM IST

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