A potential new variant of COVID-19 has been found in New York City wastewater.
This newly discovered variant has distinctive mutations linking it to COVID-19.
Is it a threat to humans?
Researchers say that there is “no evidence” that this linage of COVID-19 could become a risk to humans. This wastewater variant has been circulating for about a year. Additional details are available here.
Some of New York City’s researchers found that:
- They’re still unsure where this potential variant came from
- They suspect the lineages may be coming from people who are infected with the coronavirus but aren’t captured by genetic sequencing
- The lineages could be coming from infected animals, including rats
Researchers still haven’t been able to pin down the source of this potential variant.