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    Default Symptom tracker app reveals six distinct types of COVID-19 infection

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    July 17, 2020

    LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists analysing data from a widely-used COVID-19 symptom-tracking app have found there are six distinct types of the disease, each distinguished by a cluster of symptoms.
    A King’s College London team found that the six types also correlated with levels of severity of infection, and with the likelihood of a patient needing help with breathing - such as oxygen or ventilator treatment - if they are hospitalised.
    The findings could help doctors to predict which COVID-19 patients are most at risk and likely to need hospital care in future waves of the epidemic.

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    Default Re: Symptom tracker app reveals six distinct types of COVID-19 infection

    This dovetails with research from the government's Los Alamos Laboratory, which found numerous versions of COVID-19 due to its continued mutation.
    https://www.lanl.gov/updates/covid-19-science-news.php

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    Default Re: Symptom tracker app reveals six distinct types of COVID-19 infection

    Does 'type of disease' also mean 'type of virus? If so, it doesn't bode well for a vaccine.

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    Default Re: Symptom tracker app reveals six distinct types of COVID-19 infection

    I will wait for a confirmation from another member, but my instinct would be that a COVID-19 vaccine would behave much like the conventional flu vaccine. That is to say, every season the pharmaceutical industry must weigh the balance of the various mutations that have occurred in the last 12 months and try to find a promising mix. This is the same reason why seasonal flu vaccines sometimes/often move ineffective.
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