Why a SARS-CoV-2 variant that's 50% more transmissible would in general be a much bigger problem than a variant that's 50% more deadly. A short thread... 1/
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Replying to @AdamJKucharski
So if my understanding is correct, Greater transmisibility is a far worse outcome than increased severity as the proportion of people effected is greater?

2:48 PM Β· Dec 28, 2020

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The same proportion of people who are infected die, but far more people are infected in a given time/population.
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Ah I see, so the severity of the disease has not changed due to the new variation but more people infected. This is unique for a variation in a virus as the usual path is greater transmission but reduced severity.
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Not at all a scientist, but I've also read that being deadlier can sometimes make diseases burn out faster, since sicker people are less likely to be roaming around. Not sure if that would apply to a deadlier COVID, tho, given the longish incubation/asymptomatic time.
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And it is why ebola is gets jumped on so quickly.
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