Is there a pattern to how corona virus spreads?
According to Trevor Bedford, the co-founder of Nextstrain, COVID-19 mutations are useful pieces of a puzzle of how this virus is spreading.
Other experts claim the efficiency and speed of genetic sequencing technology have enabled the researchers all over the world to trace and document the destructive path of Coronavirus even faster.
Therefore, these insights can help the authorities and businesses choose between containment and shifting to mitigation strategies, especially in locations with a lag in testing.
At Charite University Hospital, Berlin, a virologist sequenced Coronavirus from a German candidate, who contracted the virus in Italy. This gnome looked identical to a virus strain in a patient in Bavaria over a month ago. However, both gnomes shared three mutations never seen in the earlier sequences from China.
Drosten saw a pattern that could set the impression that an Italian outbreak generated from Bavaria, which cannot be because authorities claimed to have nipped it in the bud via quarantine and isolation. There has to be a different source of how the virus traveled all the way from Bavaria to Italy because both gnomes had different mutations.
Virologist Eeva Broberg from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control supports Drosten. She believes Gnomes are a good way to track a virus, but it can sometimes over-interpret things on how there are random conceivable ways for the virus to reach Northern Italy than a spread of virus gone undetected.