A virus that could be wiped out in the next few years could be found to cause less harm than previously thought, researchers have said.
In a study published in the journal Science, researchers found the new coronavirus was much less contagious than previously believed, potentially making it a less dangerous virus.
It was created by an individual, rather than the virus spreading by direct contact, and so was not carried by the air.
The study also suggested that the virus was much more difficult to spread, as it did not only affect humans, but could also spread to animals.
Scientists had previously suggested that this new virus could be eliminated by using a vaccine, but the researchers said it was likely that this could not be done until the next generation of vaccine candidates was developed.
They also suggested there was a need for further testing to determine if the virus could survive in the environment.
The research team included scientists from the Universities of Cambridge, Cambridge, Oxford and Edinburgh, and from the University of Oxford.
There is still uncertainty about how many people are infected, as there are many different coronaviruses, but Dr Jonathan Portes, a senior lecturer in epidemiology at the University’s Department of Infectious Diseases, said the findings were important.
“There is no doubt that the numbers of people affected are higher than previously known,” he said.
Dr Portes said the new study had highlighted that the human genome was a big factor in determining whether the virus is present.””
These hints will help us better understand how to protect ourselves from the pandemic and how we can manage the pandemia and its impact.”
Dr Portes said the new study had highlighted that the human genome was a big factor in determining whether the virus is present.
“The human genome has been used to predict how much the virus will survive in a laboratory environment, and to help us to predict when the human population will be able to be exposed to the virus,” he explained.
“[However] our new study shows that it does not predict how the human genetic material will behave in the wild.
Instead, the data suggest that the new virus will be less likely to cause disease in the general population than previously expected.”
We can now see that it is likely that the number of people infected will remain relatively stable throughout the pandemics.
“It is still a big question mark about how long the human pandemic will last, but it will likely be shorter than we previously thought.”
The study was published in Science.