Is the coronavirus mutating? Yes. But here’s why you don’t need to panic

Lab experiments would help determine whether mutations change how the virus infects cells

coronavirus global graphic

Viruses are always changing, acquiring small mutations in their genetic material over time as they spread among people. While those changes help researchers track the coronavirus’s path around the globe, they don’t often alter how the virus works.

T. Tibbitts

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