A Closer Look at the COVID-19 Variants

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Richard D. Hylton (Editor)

Series: Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
BISAC: MED022090

As viruses spread, small errors – called mutations – arise in the genetic material during replication. Many of these mutations are repaired or die off as the virus continues to move through a population. Mutations that enhance the virus’s ability to replicate, transmit, or survive in a host allow the virus to spread more quickly through a population, or become more resistant to immune system defenses, thereby increasing the mutations’ prevalence and creating a new strain of the virus. The purpose of this book is to discuss how variants develop, how researchers identify and sequence variants, and how this information can be utilized by public health officials, government agencies, and medical practitioners to make decisions. The book examines the ways the government can better coordinate its approach to best serve the American people through this pandemic and beyond.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. COVID–19 Variants and Evolving Research Needs
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Chapter 2. COVID-19 Variants: Vaccines, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics
Amanda K. Sarata, Agata Bodie and Kavya Sekar

Chapter 3. SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classifications and Definitions
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chapter 4.  Understanding Variants
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chapter 5. What You Need to Know About Variants
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chapter 6. Vaccinations > Variants

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chapter 7. A View from the States: Governors Respond to the Omicron Variant
Committee on Oversight and Reform

Chapter 8. Science Brief: Omicron (B.1.1.529) Variant
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chapter 9. Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Index