When a coronavirus variant is more infectious than the other variants, it drives them to extinction. Is it possible to engineer a variant that does not make people sick, but is so infectious that it “drives out” all other variants?

When a coronavirus variant is more infectious than the other variants, it drives them to extinction. Is it possible to engineer a variant that does not make people sick, but is so infectious that it “drives out” all other variants?

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  1. Not a scientist by any means, but I feel like the problem with this idea is that the strain you design would still mutate uncontrollably after you release it. For all you know, that variant could mutate into the new black plague and become way deadlier.

  2. Probably not, as the symptoms play a large part in spreading the virus. If People don’t really get sick, they won’t cough, for example, thus limiting the spread.

  3. Among other issues people have brought up, one of the more important reasons is that we can’t do that yet. It would take a ton more research to be able to predict and test out modifications that could increase transmission while making it affect humans less. We aren’t as far along as conspiracy theorists seem to think we are on this kind of research.

  4. Even if this was possible and ethical, the biggest hurdle is finding a way to guarantee that it can’t mutate after spreading. And that’s a ***big league problem***. Can you imagine the most transmissible virus ever suddenly mutating a new symptom that causes kidney failure?

    Humanity would be doomed in a matter of months.

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