- The coronavirus mutation that originated within the UK is within the U.S. and has already been found in dozens of states.
- The brand new pressure is extremely contagious and is already spreading quickly in California and Florida.
- The brand new pressure isn’t deadlier than the unique and isn’t believed to be extra proof against current COVID vaccines
Late final year, researchers within the UK found a coronavirus mutation that’s way more contagious than the unique pressure. Researchers consider that the brand new COVID pressure is basically answerable for the UK seeing an enormous spike in coronavirus infections over the previous couple of weeks. The brand new mutation ultimately made its technique to the U.S. and has already been found in additional than a dozen states.
Wanting forward, some consultants consider that the UK pressure will turn out to be the dominant pressure within the U.S. as quickly as March. Within the interim, there are two states where the brand new COVID mutation is spreading at a worrisome clip: California and Florida.
To be clear, the number of circumstances involving the brand new pressure is comparatively small, however the brand new pressure’s skill to unfold quickly definitely has well being officers involved.
In response to the CDC, Florida has already seen 46 confirmed circumstances of the brand new COVID-19 pressure whereas California has seen 40 circumstances. And whereas the brand new pressure isn’t extra lethal than the unique, its skill to shortly infect massive numbers of individuals is trigger for concern.
“This new pressure is extra contagious, and which means extra folks will get contaminated,” Dr. Frederick Southwick advised U.S. Information and World Report earlier this week. “If we had an issue, we’re going to have extra of an issue now.”
Echoing this sentiment, Dr. Fauci on Thursday articulated why the brand new pressure is a degree of concern.
“If in case you have a virus that’s extra transmissible, you’re going to get extra circumstances,” Fauci defined. “Whenever you get extra circumstances, you’re going to get extra hospitalizations, and when you get extra hospitalizations, you in the end are going to get extra deaths.”
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being confirmed that the UK variant has been found and is already spreading:
Though that is the primary confirmed case of the U.Ok. variant in Los Angeles County, Public Well being believes that it’s already spreading locally. Public Well being is continuous to check samples.
Within the U.Ok., the variant B.1.1.7 emerged with an unusually massive number of mutations. The variant spreads extra simply and shortly than other variants. At present, there is no proof that it causes extra extreme sickness or elevated risk of demise. This variant was first detected in September 2020 and is now extremely prevalent in London and Southeast England.
Notably, well being consultants are assured that present COVID vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna ought to be capable of stop infections from the brand new pressure. In fact, the looming concern is that the COVID vaccine rollout within the U.S. bought off to a lower than stellar start. That stated, the vaccination effort within the U.S. is lastly selecting up steam. Over the previous few days, the U.S. has been administering almost 1 million doses per day.