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Shriner has mentioned in the past that there are different variants of Covid-19. But what most people are not aware of is what makes a variant worth naming? Shriner has taken the time to do a little research after the latest variant to figure out what makes a variant special. Shriner states that the government has 3 classifications for different variants. Pat George would rather move on because he is over this Covid-19 Disease, having recently been out after contracting the disease.

Covid 19 Variant Classification System

Variant of Interest

A variant with specific genetic markers that have been associated with changes to receptor binding reduced neutralization by antibodies generated against previous infection or vaccination, reduced efficacy of treatments, potential diagnostic impact, or predicted increase in transmissibility or disease severity.

Variant of  Concern

A variant for which there is evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease (e.g., increased hospitalizations or deaths), a significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or diagnostic detection failures.

Variant of High Consequence

A variant of high consequence has clear evidence that prevention measures or medical countermeasures (MCMs) have significantly reduced effectiveness relative to previously circulating variants.

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