Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul Offit and infectious disease specialist Dr. Monica Gandhi break down what we need to know about the virus mutations, all of which have been identified in America. Health experts are concerned these variants may be more contagious, more infectious, and possibly deadlier.
The Doctors and our health experts note that virus mutations are common and explain it often occurs with influenza. Dr. Offit explains if a new type of vaccine is needed to address these variants that it will not be hard to make it, but the challenge will be mass producing it.
Our experts weigh in on the idea that 2 masks are better than just 1(Get The Doctors lists of the best types of masks for double masking) in order to possibly protect from the variants.
Dr. Gandhi says it would be "prudent" to double mask when indoors, in areas of high transmissibility, and for those who are medically vulnerable and she notes it should be a surgical mask with a cloth mask placed on top of it.
And, despite the various unknown elements of COVID-19, Dr. Offit believes we will get the virus under control and thinks it will be similar to the measles where only 1 vaccine is needed.