This tool employs contemporary GISAID data to identify adequately
sampled geographical regions and to determine which of those regions
are experiencing a significant shift (either up or down) in relative
frequency of G614 vs D614 variants of the sequences sampled in that
region. D614 was the original form in the Wuhan virus, but G614 is
currently the predominant form in most regions; all other changes in
Spike are currently very rare.
We are working on a release that will allow tracking of any site using this same strategy in the near future.
Founder effects and non-representative regional sampling can impact the frequency of a variant in any given region. But a consistent pattern of change, with one variant increasing in relative frequency across a range of geographic regions, provides evidence suggesting that a variant may have a selective advantage, or be linked to a site with a selective advantage.
For a change in the relative frequency of a variant to be observed in a geographic region, three requirements must be met:
1. Both variants must at some point be co-circulating in the region
2. Sampling must be over a long enough time to discern a change
3. There must be enough samples available for an observed difference to be statistically significant.
Specifically, for the geographic regions in the chart:
1. We define an "onset" day as the first day for which cumulative number of sequences is at least 15 and each form is represented at least 3 times.
2. We define a "delay" day as two weeks after the onset day, and we require that there be at least 15 sequences available from the post-delay period (ie, from the delay day to the last day of sampling).
A two-sided Fisher's exact test compares the counts in the pre-onset period to the counts in the post-delay period, and provides a p-value against the null hypothesis that the fraction of D614 vs G614 sequences did not change. We require p<0.05 in order to include the region in the bar chart.
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