COVID-19: Mutations and Transmission Data Points

Published on May 11, 2020

We are pleased to share a report submitted by epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Zaidi exclusively for SGH Macro Advisors titled “COVID-19: Mutations and Transmission Data Points”.

In her piece, Dr. Zaidi addresses the significance of the identification of a “G lineage” strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus found largely in Europe, Australia, the U.S., and Africa, compared to the “D lineage,” found in Wuhan, China, and notes that there are one to two mutations found per month of this particular strain of coronavirus, but that the strains are fundamentally very similar to each other. In the case of the D614G mutation, she believes it is likely that people infected with the G lineage traveled from China to Europe and eventually to the U.S.

Dr. Zaidi also briefly outlines some recent data from studies on transmission risks, which may also be of interest now given the cautious attempts underway in the United States and around the globe to slowly re-start economies and social activity.

As with the other COVID pieces, we remind you that this report was not generated internally by SGH Macro Advisors, but represents best efforts by Dr. Zaidi to collect, analyze, and provide information on this very important topic to our clients. SGH has not edited the contents of the report except for flow and style, the report is provided for informational value only, and it does not in any way constitute investment advice.

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