MOSCOW, February 13 – RIA Novosti. It is impossible to exclude the risk of a new pandemic by 100%, since the variability of COVID-19 continues, and the appearance of another virus is possible, Vladislav Zhemchugov, doctor of medical sciences, immunologist, specialist in especially dangerous infections, told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, the World Health Organization said that the spread of new strains of coronavirus will not lead to a new pandemic.
“Nobody can say 100% that a new pandemic will not happen, because the variability of SARS-COV-2 and other viruses in nature continues. New viruses may appear, since their evolution is not subject to humans, at least for now. how the current coronavirus appeared, “Zhemchugov commented on the WHO statement.
However, according to the expert, based on the analysis of the current situation, the risk of a new, even more dangerous strain of the existing coronavirus, which would lead to a pandemic, is small.
“On its basis, a new pandemic is unlikely to be. But there may be another virus. This is a natural phenomenon: viruses are formed depending on their internal mechanism of mutations. And if it is useful as a species, it will begin to multiply in the same way as the current procession began on the planet. coronavirus, having received as a result of mutation the ability to transmit from person to person. For him it is beneficial as for the species, “- said Zhemchugov.