[Taxacom] Founder effect in Covid-19 evolution (and infectivity)
adamcot at cscoms.com
Sun Dec 20 13:46:06 CST 2020
On 21-12-2020 02:31, Kenneth Kinman via Taxacom wrote:
> Hi All,
> With the new genetic variant of coronavirus rapidly spreading
> in England, I am wondering if the founder effect is a factor. If such
> a new genetic variant is more contagious (as this is one said to be),
> would it be expected to rapidly replace the original strain in England
> and thus accelerate the spread?
> I can't help but wonder if such variants are part of the
> reason that Europe and the United States have had a lot more trouble
> with covid-19 than China and other East Asian countries. Question:
> Does the original (less contagious) version of this coronavirus still
> predominate in eastern Asia?
> -------------Ken Kinman
No, the European strain was spread back to Asia by returnees bringing it
with them and has displaced the original strain here too.
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