San Juan – The Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr. Carlos Mellado, said this Monday in a radio interview that the new strain of Covid-19, which is more easily transmitted and was detected for the first time in the United Kingdom, may be present in Puerto Rico .
“It can be here. Just like viruses, they can mutate anywhere else. There may be either that mutation or any other mutation, “said Mellado in a radio interview with Normando en la Mañana on Notiuno 630.
“Scientists have been talking about what would happen, depending on what is happening with this variant, is that the virus has a faster penetration into the cells. And this could be faster symptoms. There is still no talk that it could be more aggressive (or more lethal), it has not been seen that. But it is certainly worrying, “added Mellado.
“The problem with this virus is the body’s immune response. In some patients the response is extremely aggressive, ”said the Secretary of Health.
“The good news is that scientists who have already seen these variations understand that the vaccine we have now works with this mutation,” said Mellado.