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The next time you freak out about a coronavirus scariant, please remember this

An analysis of more than 1,100 people in the United Kingdom with COVID found that if viral mutations do arise (and they do cuz that’s what a virus has to do to stay alive), those mutations can be transmitted in some cases (well, again, that’s what a virus needs so it has to happen) but – and here’s the key thing – those mutations rarely persist in subsequent transmissions.

So there are going to be mutations and these days, given how closely we are monitoring things, every one of those mutations will be brought to the public’s attention via media stories.

But most of those strains will amount to nothing.