[Taxacom] Founder effect in Covid-19 evolution (and infectivity)

Luis POPA popaluis at antipa.ro
Mon Dec 21 03:00:14 CST 2020

Hi All,
Wouldn't isolation of the host populations (individuals) put a selective 
pressure on the virus exactly in the direction of selecting more 
contagious strains?

Luis Popa, Ph.D.
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On 20.12.2020 21:46, Adam Cotton via Taxacom wrote:
> 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.
> Adam.
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