• Jun Park

SARS-CoV-2 Explained by a professional

Medical Doctor Ogan Gurel has taken some time out of his busy schedule to give a very thorough rundown of SARS-CoV-2 and the science behind understanding what we are facing. The Video is a 46 minute presentation outlining and explaining the scientific analysis necessary to understand and combat this pandemic. (Special thanks from here!)

We have taken the liberty of listing down a select list of the questions of the interview and have tried to try to break down simple answers for those who can not take the time to watch the full video. Please remember that we strongly suggest watching the video and getting the facts.


Select questions summarized:

Questions to Answer The Virus Enemy Q: • What is a Virus?

A: Genetic material that is contained within a particle and invades living cells using the hosts own biology to multiply.

Q:• SARS-CoV-2

A: RNA, Lipid Membrane, and Spike protein are the three main parts. The Nucleic acid RNA) can mutate easily which has implication for immunity and vaccines. Lipid membrane houses the RNA, which is why alcohol and soap can disrupt and kill it. Spike protein determines the target, and is used for antigen testing.

Q: • Are Viruses Alive?

A: No. Which is why you can either physically destroy it, or get rid of it by your immune system.

Q: • Is a Covid-19 Vaccine Possible?

A: Yes. There are different types of vaccines that are possible. Viral vector vaccine to create the antigen through using another similar virus to create the antigens. DNA Based virus, RNA Based Virus, and attenuated virus that is attenuated protein based vaccine and more.

Q: • Why May Antibodies Not Offer As Much Protection?

A: A part of the virus composition is sugar which is together glycan shielding. Around 30% of patients do develop the antibodies to combat the the initial infection.

Q: • Is “Reinfection” Possible? A: Redetection, (false negative or false positive, or latency), reinfection (immune failure, mutated virus, but mutated forms have been seen).

Q: • Will there be a Second Wave? A: It is definitely a risk. You can see Singapore as an example how a second wave is a possibility even with good measures.

Q: • And what about mutation?

A: RNA virus mutates much more readily. Current analysis of 6 different mutations, with substantial difference in the pathogens. There is a tendency that viruses become weaker over time as their survival is dependent upon the survival of their host. The risk is that if there is a no controls, and the virus can spread faster, it may move towards a more pathogenic variety.