More than a year after the first COVID-19 case was discovered, more than 2 million people have died from the highly transmissible virus
- More than 2 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19 as of Friday.
- The world hit one million COVID-19 deaths just three months ago.
- The death toll is the equivalent to the entire country of Slovenia.
More than a year after the first novel
"Virus mutations can only accumulate if the virus is allowed to be transmitted. So the longer that we allow uncontrolled transmission to occur, the more chances that the virus will have to adapt to human transmission," Nathan Grubaugh, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Medicine, told Insider's Aylin Woodward.While virologists have not found that this mutation and others, like one found in South Africa, cause more deadly illnesses, the ability to spread faster and infect more people could result in more deaths.
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