TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Director of Infectious Diseases WHO Southeast Asia for the 2018-2020 period, Tjandra Yoga Aditama, responded to the news of a new variant of Covid-19 named NeoCov. The variant was reported by Wuhan scientists in China and put the world on the verge of new fears of its impact.
According to Tjandra, this variant is only based on the analysis in the article report, and so far it has not infected humans. The article only mentions that if the current NeoCov mutates again it is likely to cause problems in humans.
“So now it hasn’t mutated and it’s not certain that it will mutate again or not. It could stay as it is now and not mutate anymore,” said Tjandra on Sunday, January 30, 2022.
The professor at the Department of Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia (FKUI) explained another theory related to the variant. According to him, because NeoCov is a Corona virus as well as the cause of MERS CoV and also the cause of Covid-19, people can only make theories. These views include that if NeoCoV mutates later, it is possible to suspect that the transmission will be like Covid-19 and the fatality will be like MERS CoV.
“But this is if NeoCov mutates in that direction, it could be the mutation, if it exists, it will be in another direction,” said Tjandra.
Tjandra, who is currently the Postgraduate Director at YARSI University, Jakarta, speculates that it is possible that NeoCov is not currently mutate towards attacking humans. Even if it attacks humans, according to him, it could be as feared to happen, but it could also not be like that.
However, Tjandra suggested, what needs to be done is that experts must continue to monitor the development of NeoCov and follow valid scientific developments. What must be known is that from time to time there may be new types of viruses, this has happened a long time ago, but now because of the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone is paying close attention.
As for the public, Tjandra asked that it is better to read news from trusted sources or confirm it with the right sources. “And don’t jump to conclusions that might be wrong, and don’t panic that you don’t need at all,” he said about the news. new variant of covid-19 named NeoCov.