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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Viruses can’t mutate if they can’t replicate

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Viruses can’t mutate if they can’t replicate
The Spike (S) proteins on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, give the virus its corona (crown-like) appearance. These spike proteins bind to receptors on healthy cells and fuse with their outer membrane. The SARS-CoV-2 then delivers its genome into the cell and uses the cell’s machinery to replicate itself.

The COVID-19 virus mutates and replicates when people let down their guard and don’t follow safety protocols, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a mask.

“I think most of us expect a major surge because of spring break travel and the relaxation of restrictions,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. “And the sort of COVID fatigue that all of us feel, in one way or another.”

In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland addresses the potential of a fourth COVID-19 surge, new information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women and he discusses research for next generation vaccines for COVID-19 variants.

Watch: Dr. Poland discusses spring break activities, news about pregnant women being vaccinated for COVID-19 and the next generation of vaccines for COVID19 variants.

Read the full transcript.

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For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was either recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in a nonpatient care area where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.

Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date

Dr. Poland has served as a consultant for Merck & Co. Inc., Medicago Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc, Sanofi Pasteur, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., Dynavax Technologies Corp., Genentech Inc., Eli Lilly and Co., Kentucky BioProcessing Inc. and Genevant Sciences Corp.and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. He is a paid scientific adviser for Johnson & JohnsonHonoraria: Elsevier.

For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Learn more about tracking COVID-19 and COVID-19 trends.

March 18, 2021- Mayo Clinic COVID-19 trending map using red color tones for hot spots

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