Why so many Covid-19 variants are showing up now

And what that tells us about the pandemic.

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Like any virus, SARS-CoV-2 has been mutating constantly since the beginning of the pandemic. Until November of 2020, though, that didn’t seem to matter. That’s when scientists in the United Kingdom noticed an alarming change: The virus had mutated in a way that made it more transmissible. Within a month, similar reports were emerging from places around the world. Suddenly, it seemed the virus was changing at an alarming rate.

SARS-CoV-2 hasn’t actually been mutating faster, though. Instead, by letting it spread around the world, we’ve just given it more and more opportunities to mutate as it replicates. The result is that, after countless random mutations, there are signs that the virus is beginning to adapt to our natural defenses. And because it’s completely normal for a virus to change over time, we shouldn’t expect it to stop. The only real way to stop those changes is to stop giving the virus so many opportunities.

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  • Well The alphabet ends at letter Z. Get comfortable folks.

    Veteran Legionnaire.Veteran Legionnaire.Саат мурун
  • Because China keeps evolving it to perfect their biological weapon.

    LoganLoganСаат мурун
  • why are there so many variations, okay I'll answer because it's all on purpose her goal 1 population reduction 2 get profit 3 replaces the role of humans in all aspects of work

    Sofie MSofie MСаат мурун
  • Vaccines cause variants. Evolutionary pressure.

    TarikTarik2 саат мурун
    • Evidence??

      nignigСаат мурун
  • Covid has basically turned into an Apple product at this point.

    Blake OsbournBlake Osbourn3 саат мурун
  • We need god of mischief at this time LOKI

    AzmodanAzmodan5 саат мурун
  • Why are all these new variants named after brain wave activity things that make you go 🤔.. lol my best guess is the mark of the beast new world order mind control just a thought 🤷🏾‍♂️

    Zoe WZoe W5 саат мурун
  • First is was deaths. Deaths not enough, okay we'll switch to cases. What a joke

    JD KJD K5 саат мурун
  • Sigma Covid Grindset

    NandoxusNandoxus5 саат мурун

    Brian AndersonBrian Anderson9 саат мурун
  • I'm waiting for Covid-19 Pro Rog max with 16 GB, SM8250 Snapdragon, LTE-A (6CA) Cat20 2000/150 Mbps, 5G 4.4 Gbps DL, and Adreno 650. Thank you.

    Gepli PRLGepli PRL10 саат мурун
  • Vaccination is the reason, your body becomes the manufacturer for the virus. Natural immunity would have been better and treat the sick. Scientist need to stop playing with NATURE.

    marlon Bmarlon B12 саат мурун
  • STOP THIS!!!

    Lawrence TateLawrence Tate16 саат мурун
  • Couldn't the world have stopped the virus from spreading if everyone had just stayed home or was extra cautious for 2 weeks?

    D TD T16 саат мурун
  • Some of you'll (Conservatives) are going to learn the hard way until you finally decide to get vaccinated.

    rodnava03rodnava0317 саат мурун
    • Just shut up

      I G0T THE MILKI G0T THE MILK15 саат мурун
  • No . Lambda , Epsilon have already been identified ughhhhh

    Joey GallagherJoey Gallagher18 саат мурун
  • China is attacking us... They will keep mutating this virus and they will get stronger..

    J RezJ Rez18 саат мурун
  • scare tatics

    rima nunkirima nunki19 саат мурун
  • ask dr. death fauci, check his freezer

    rima nunkirima nunki19 саат мурун
  • All these variants, yet we are told the vaccine which was made before all of them, works.

    GPGP19 саат мурун
    • "All these variants, yet we are told that disinfectant which was made before all of them, works."

      Joel CostaJoel Costa7 саат мурун
  • Overblown hoax. Then they will start blaming it on the unvaccinated, instead on the vaccine that doesn't work.

    RobRob19 саат мурун
    • Proof?

      nignigСаат мурун
  • If Ultra Instinct variant shows up i'm taking all the vaccine shots.

    Ninja ni BionicNinja ni Bionic20 саат мурун

    iLetStudioiLetStudio21 саат мурун
    • Proof?

      nignigСаат мурун
  • That is great.. just great..

    Cradle of AnalCradle of Anal22 саат мурун
  • Ordinar¡ly v¡ruses mutate out to less Iethal forms... UnIess goverπment and big ph@rma reaIIy reaIIy want you to take an exper¡mentaI sh0t.

    Sam VimesSam Vimes23 саат мурун
  • So many var¡ants are showing up because they are ¡mag¡nary and politically necessary to perpetuate the fe@r, masking, vaccination and mail-¡n voting. S0 that Democrat l¡ars can continue to ste@I elections.

    Sam VimesSam Vimes23 саат мурун
  • Vindicate natural immunity. End enforced vaccinations.

    Vinnie AlibrandiVinnie Alibrandi23 саат мурун
  • five variant from 5 Vaccines

    purefire21purefire2123 саат мурун
  • The mutation isn't random, the second coming of Jesus is at hand.

    Rahul VaidyaRahul VaidyaКүн мурун
  • I am waiting for zombie variant the one that goes to the brain and convert us into living dead

    ⚔️Saffron Warrior ⚔️⚔️Saffron Warrior ⚔️Күн мурун
  • I'm going to create a real SnowPiercer who's with me..

    R. RiveraR. RiveraКүн мурун
    • That's my movie shocked a tech-Savi train 🚂 does not exists unless they keeping us in the dark 🤔

      Garry MillerGarry Miller8 саат мурун
  • Because Covid wants to be part of a fraternity

    Arel SpriteArel SpriteКүн мурун
  • Zeta is out there, who knew they had a cure for the common cold or allergies 🤧

    Telia MoseleyTelia MoseleyКүн мурун
  • you get a variant, she get a variant, everybody gets a variant!

    NeoNeoКүн мурун
  • 5:19-5:29 Thanks Biden for beating back Covid-19

    Chaos Control MediaChaos Control MediaКүн мурун
  • NEW epsilon strain after lamba and Delta and the original Wake up call from the Lord, the 👑 virus. The book of Revelation and the books of Enoch are in effect beginning with covid-19 January 2020. The Pale horse of famine rights next.

    Mother MaryMother MaryКүн мурун
  • Vaccines make it mutate

    Mike 2ezMike 2ezКүн мурун
  • People joking about this... Im sometimes think... what if one day corona reach omega variant... Are we gonna extinct?

    UntalentedUntalentedКүн мурун
  • The spotty bandana outstandingly scrub because detective natively irritate via a psychotic blue. violet, legal racing

    leslie detorresleslie detorresКүн мурун
  • UN Agenda 2030

    Three Shocks shockerThree Shocks shockerКүн мурун
  • That’s a few of many variants that were created in the Wuhan Lab.

    MD Peel PeelMD Peel PeelКүн мурун
    • UN Agenda 2030

      Three Shocks shockerThree Shocks shockerКүн мурун
  • Which test do I have to take to figure out which one I have? Or is it simply a flu test?

    Freedom For realzFreedom For realzКүн мурун
  • Depopulation has begun, at this point if you still think there isn’t a evil shadow network that runs government’s, I don’t know what to tell you people anymore, so far gone in the brainwashing by uncle sam… Omg it’s just sad. Keep laughing and saying conspiracy theories, look we’re you and your loved ones are going to end up. WAKE UP

    Paul NewmanPaul NewmanКүн мурун
  • 4:40 : CCP scientist hold my laboratory

    Mr. RubioMr. RubioКүн мурун
  • Corona and Influenza (both are commonly referred to as the flu) evolve every year and have been doing that for ever. How is that new? Stop the fear mongering.

    AlexAlexКүн мурун
  • Can Saitama (one punch man)get Covid

    Shelton RayShelton RayКүн мурун
  • Let's just hope this variants won't surpass our current vaccines

    異才異才Күн мурун
  • So is this Covid Season 2?

    Nathaniel CastilloNathaniel CastilloКүн мурун
  • After 4:54 Watch Vox contradic it self. FF to 5:36

    Kenneth VarelaKenneth VarelaКүн мурун
  • Fraud

    Nikola DjelicNikola DjelicКүн мурун
  • I’m so glad I understand viruses so I’m not manipulated by people like this

    Hosoi ArchivesHosoi ArchivesКүн мурун
  • Liars! This is the New World Order in plain view. Wake up, naive people.

    Open Their EyesOpen Their EyesКүн мурун
  • do people forget that there is flu variants????

    AhhAnthonyAhhAnthonyКүн мурун
  • Im waiting for bazinga variant

    Gym LeaderGym LeaderКүн мурун
  • People still listen to Vox? Amazing.

    K LopedoK LopedoКүн мурун
  • Because the vaxxed are the superspreaders.. the more vaxxed people there are, the more the virus mutates.

    dee beedee beeКүн мурун
  • This is becoming more and more like a bad flu that mutates yearly and requires and updated vaccination- a bad world case of flu is about 650,000 deaths while COVID has killed about 630,000 last time I checked. Are we going to just keep living in lockdown or is the Government going to mandate vaccines? I’m vaccinated but at this point it’s ridiculous and the death statistics haven’t been fairly represented.

    Ali SosaAli SosaКүн мурун
  • Never will my family take. The jab!

    Denni ListerDenni ListerКүн мурун
  • Human 1.0 act individually Human 2.0 act both individually and unity

    KekingKekingКүн мурун
  • They are all man made

    Chico_1983Chico_1983Күн мурун
  • Virus variants get weaker. (This is like the flu) So was the flu created by man as well? 🤔

    Eagle ArrowEagle ArrowКүн мурун
  • It’s not a vaccine it’s an experimental drug. The variants can also come from “vaccinated” people. They are mutating the response from the “vaccine” and can spread the variant.

    Guru AmeenGuru AmeenКүн мурун
  • Hearing this makes me think that the Covid virus is really a biological weapon invented by mankind.

    Brandon_ 21eaBrandon_ 21eaКүн мурун
    • You would think that if you didn't pay any attention in biology class

      490o490o2 саат мурун
    • @Ryan this might be the most crippling pandemic in human history so… no.. this does not happen with all viruses. And especially not for ones with 99.97% survival rate, which speaks a lot about our worlds governments.

      Hunter KennemerHunter Kennemer10 саат мурун
    • They confirmed this already....

      cazz pharrelcazz pharrel11 саат мурун
    • It is.

      Christina HarringtonChristina HarringtonКүн мурун
    • Is was duh there was this women from china crying about how their govt. Was so evil and etc everyone just forgot about jt bc it got deleted.

      Cruse JoshuaeiCruse JoshuaeiКүн мурун
  • COVID=Conspiracy Of Virus for International Depopulation. watch out...!!

    Riyanie HdRiyanie HdКүн мурун
  • Covid 19 Windows 10 the bill gates edition.

    Juan CruzJuan CruzКүн мурун
  • Simple it was made in a lab as were the variants.

    Travis McisaacTravis McisaacКүн мурун
  • Because people want power

    patrick anastaciopatrick anastacioКүн мурун
  • Pakistan....one.nuclear please.this.virus will.run.away Lockdown. 24/7.

    Ahmed ZakkiAhmed ZakkiКүн мурун
  • Congrats on the people who rushed to get vaccinated. Now you will need three more vaccines. What a joke! 🤣

    Ryan NechvatalRyan Nechvatal2 күн мурун
    • You didn’t get it did you???🙄

      arely ferrelarely ferrelКүн мурун
  • Its nothing more than the flu adapting to survive just like us humans wanting to survive,

    David VictorDavid Victor2 күн мурун
    • Yeah but they say that's by random chance given enough time and not it reacting to the host, which I don't know if is a fact.

      Brian AndersonBrian Anderson8 саат мурун
  • Because Democrats need excuses as to why people who have taken the vaccine are still catching and spreading COVID.

    Niro TaylorNiro Taylor2 күн мурун
  • There too many host or not vaccinated so the virus can mutate in different form

    Roland LiggayuRoland Liggayu2 күн мурун
  • Have they even isolated the virus in the lab. P*R tests don’t even test for co***

    Andy NorthAndy North2 күн мурун
  • more variants are showing up so the govenments around the world can play lock down games...gotta have the next tragedy to give them an excuse to try and rule over your every movement.

    Daniel MillerDaniel Miller2 күн мурун
  • What about vaccine immunization efficiency only for the specific spike protein from the mRNA technology ? Vaxxed people are not ready for any other "parts" of the virus. Thus why they still get infected. Useless vaccine.

    Alexlava XAlexlava X2 күн мурун
  • Apparently TVA has a lot of work to do

    Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali2 күн мурун
  • Cause vaccine

    Darwin JapDarwin Jap2 күн мурун
  • This all to cover up political plunder. The election audit is coming

  • Bcoz it's political.

    S PS P2 күн мурун
  • A vaccine with a 95% 'efficacy' rate in a controlled clinical trial, testing on healthy adults, won't be 95% 'effective' in the real world with elderly people, pregnant women, children and those who have existing health issues. The overall 'effectiveness' won't be known for some time. For some perspective, influenza vaccines, which changes each year depending on how it evolves, has an average 'efficacy' rate of 59%, however its only 27% 'effective' at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and of that, its 49% 'effective' in reducing the risk of death. Point being, 'efficacy' is not the same as 'effectiveness' and a 'vaccine' doesn't defy as 'immunity', which my older brother found this out the hard way. Covid will be with us for a few years.

    chet taminechet tamine2 күн мурун
  • Wasn't this virus created by scientists in a lab. Why should we trust virologist scientists? *Do people who naively and ignorantly say they trust the science also trust the science who made this virus and caused the death of millions worldwide...?*

    Dawid Yonah BenLewiDawid Yonah BenLewi2 күн мурун
  • Humans are interesting because of belief and unbelief. What do you believe about this virus?

    JarrettJarrett2 күн мурун
  • The FLU

    V AriasV Arias2 күн мурун
  • Vox loves to lie

    Nick NiggaNick Nigga2 күн мурун
  • EVENT 201 (Google it or youtube it and check the date the event was held) Vox: Don't google that. It will expose us.

    badinfluence1985badinfluence19852 күн мурун
  • ..and the rest of the Greek alphabet to go!

    walterp380walterp3802 күн мурун
  • 4 horseman of the apocalypse

    Jose PerezJose Perez2 күн мурун
  • nazisci to robil hitler co wy robicie

    GodzillaGodzilla2 күн мурун
  • Mutations are environment-driven. Plenty of them, but never completely random. Both vaxxed and non-vaxxed people will create mutations. Virus will adapt via natural selection to survive immune response learned from the current vaccines.

    ͛͛2 күн мурун
  • Mama help me 🤧😭😭... Please ppl follow the health protocols or all of us keep going to hospitals and the hospitals are already full😭😭 And also WHERE IS TVA?? The branches might be rising now... Oh yeah right The "he who remains AKA Kang" is dead So there is no TVA

  • Hmmm now the rate in the UK have plummeted? So there you go heard immunity works again

    Tim HannahanTim Hannahan2 күн мурун
  • Never vaccinate during a pandemic

    Venom SnakeVenom Snake2 күн мурун
  • Oh no the flu..lets all live in fear for the rest of our lives...pcr tests are complete nonsense and that is fact..they cannot tell the diffrence between the flu and covid so all the case numbers are wrong..the jab is not a vaccine..what does it vaccinate against?

    Ross EganRoss Egan2 күн мурун
  • we are going to become zombie?

    Zezu ZazaZezu Zaza2 күн мурун
  • Reminds me of plague inc. Now that the contagious upgrades and mutation are maxed. Now is the time to upgrade its lethality.

    Jc ArroyoJc Arroyo2 күн мурун