Understanding coronavirus variants

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phys.org—With the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants such as beta and delta, people are not only getting a refresher course on the Greek alphabet, but also experiencing confusion and anxiety about what the variants mean for public health. A new article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, asks scientists to weigh in on the changing coronavirus landscape.

Coronavirus Update: WHO identifies new coronavirus ‘variant of interest’ and experts urge caution on boosters. The World Health Organization said a strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and that was first detected in Colombia in January has become a "variant of interest" that will be closely monitored for signs it is resistant to the vaccines that have been authorized for use so far.