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B.1.1.529 COVID Variant: Everything We Know About The New 'Heavily Mutated' Strain

B.1.1.529, also informally referred to as the 'Nu' variant, has made headlines across the world after scientists voiced concerns about the huge number of mutations—32 in all—to its spike protein. SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID, uses this protein to enter human cells and make people sick. As of Nov. 25, B.1.1.529 had been detected in 77 samples collected from South Africa's Gauteng province, as well as in four samples from Botswana and one in Hong Kong, according to Africa's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here's what we know so far about the new COVID variant.

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