Emergence of a Highly Fit SARS-CoV-2 Variant

Sarbecoviruses have emerged twice in the 21st century, causing a worldwide epidemic and pandemic. The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has caused unprecedented disruption of human society. Since its emergence in December 2019, SARS-CoV-2 has spread worldwide, infecting more than 70 million persons and causing more than 1.6 million deaths as of early December 2020.

Emergence of a Highly Fit SARS-CoV-2 Variant
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