The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has explained that the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases is dependent on two factors namely vaccination and non-adherence to the safety protocols.
This follows a statement released by the Office of the Director for the Institute revealing that the Delta Strain of the coronavirus induces higher viral loads and spreads faster.
Speaking to UniversNews, Senior Research Fellow at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Kofi Bonney stated that this virus, like any other organism, produces progenies of its own. This, he said, is the reason the delta variant and others have come about.
He further explained that viruses mutate very quickly, and in mutating, their resulting progeny could either be a strain or a variant.
“Viruses like any other organism produce a progeny but because they are very small they produce very quickly which is called the mutation. The mutation can make the virus stronger or weaker but unfortunately for us the mutation that led to the delta variant made the virus stronger so because it has mutated and not changed into a different organism we call it a variant because it has moved a little from the old one that we know; if it had changed completely into a new one we would call it a strain or a new virus.”
Dr. Kofi Bonney added that the likelihood of the virus mutating into even deadlier variants is high if the number of positive cases in the country continues to rise.
He encouraged Ghanaians to adhere to safety protocols and get themselves vaccinated.
“So far as we have the virus still circulating we can have variants. The only way to stop it from mutating is to stop the spread. One of the most potent ways to stop the spread of the virus is to ensure that a greater number of the population is vaccinated, the second is to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 safety protocols.”
Dr. Kofi Bonney further stated that the country’s steady upsurge in cases will result in an increase in the number of deaths.
“So long as we are getting an increasing number of cases it will come with a concomitant increase in the number of deaths. If we start recording more cases we will record more positives, maybe we haven’t gotten there yet and we do not want to get there.”