The coronavirus is mutating but scientists say that’s okay, the changes are predicable and part of a normal virus life cycle.

  • Researches say the virus is making small changes to itself at a rate of about 1-2 changes per month.
  • Viruses naturally make “mistakes” in their genomes as they copy themselves. Most of these mutations have no effect on people they infect.
  • These changes act as a identification card for each iteration of the virus. Some persist and become the dominant form of the virus.
  • The mutations thus far have been expected and the vaccine process already accounts for these types of changes.
  • However, vaccines target multiple sites on the virus so a few random mutations could make the virus drug- or vaccine-resistant.
  • For now, scientists are not seeing any signs that the virus mutations could create a problem with a potential vaccine.