Polish scientists look into coronavirus mutations' effects

"Our first task is to check out how serological diagnostics (...) translates into the severity of the infection," said Miłosz Parczewski, chief Covid-19 surgeon at the provincial hospital in Szczecin. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Scientists from a Polish hospital are investigating the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations on the course and severity of infections.

One of their goals is to create a model that would help doctors predict how serious a mutant infection is likely to be.

"Our first task is to check out how serological diagnostics (...) translates into the severity of the infection," said Miłosz Parczewski, chief Covid-19 surgeon at the provincial hospital in Szczecin, north-western Poland.

Further tasks include testing the molecular changeability of the virus's genetic sequence, according to Parczewski.

"We're looking into whether there are new variants, but we're also looking into whether there are new mutations and whether those mutations affect the severity of the course of the infection," he said.

To achieve this and help them build their prediction model, the scientist are using artificial intelligence and the latest DNA sequencing technologies.

The project is funded by Poland's National Centre for Research and Development.