“Stay at home” is the cry. Until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found, the only preventative measure for this economically horrible pandemic is to stay at home.

But like all viruses, COVID-19 is vulnerable to mutation and genetic resistance. This means even a vaccine may not be able to help us.

Given our knowledge of how aggressive COVID-19 is able to transmit itself, one mutation will render the effort and expense of a vaccine void.

As a novel virus that came from animals, it recently started entering the human species. The human species does not have the antibodies to defend itself against the coronavirus.

However, as it enters the human population, we develop the ability to defend ourselves against the virus.

Like most viruses, many times they respond to human adaptation by evolving.

On the issue of viral resistance, if anyone suspects they or a loved one has the coronavirus, they should avoid self-treating with pharmaceuticals.

We saw panic buying with the drug that many lupus patients use. Be careful—­self-treatment can only make things worse.

As the National Pledge urges us—let us honour our leaders and those in authority. Stay home.

Melissa Balgobin

via e-mail

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