Like every other virus before it, SARS-CoV-2 has only one goal: to survive.
The longer an outbreak rages, the more people contract but survive the infection, leaving the virus with a dwindling number of vulnerable bodies to infect.
Its best chance of longevity is to evolve.
In doing so, the virus has to strike the right balance. If it becomes too deadly, it risks killing its host before finding another.
So the trick is to become more transmissible, but less deadly, vastly increasing the virus’s chances to spread and persist.
We may never know exactly how the UK variant came to be, but it seems likely that about six months into the pandemic, the virus found the perfect body in which to perform this transformation.
From this single infection, a new form of coronavirus emerged, and it’s carved a deadly path across the world.
A complication that changed the pandemic
As the end…
— to www.abc.net.au