Sumary of Everything you need to know about the Lambda variant, from a virologist:
- The Lambda coronavirus variant was first reported in Peru in December 2020, according to the World Health Organization.
- One case of Lambda was recorded in hotel quarantine in New South Wales in April.
- Lambda has now been detected in more than 20 countries around the globe.
- The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has designated Lambda a “variant under monitoring”, and Public Health England regards it as a “variant under investigation”.
- This is due to mutations thought to affect the virus’ characteristics, such as how easily it’s transmitted.
- Epidemiological evidence is still mounting as to the exact threat Lambda poses.
- So, at this stage more research is required to say for certain how its mutations impact transmission, its ability to evade protection from vaccines, and the severity of disease.
- Preliminary evidence suggests Lambda has an easier time infecting our cells and is a bit better at dodging our immune systems.