Federal health authorities stated: “A highly spread COVID variant that was initially identified in the United Kingdom is expanding rapidly in the United States and mostly to become the predominant strain circulating in March unless measures are taken to slow it.”
The variation is considered to be more deadly, and research tells it could experience “fast growth” in the beginning part of 2021.
Health officials called Friday for enhancing measures like wearing masks and social distancing to restrict the spread of this contagious variant more. Unless it intensifies the influence on already-overwhelmed hospitals.
A year after a new COVID was discovered in Wuhan, China, the outbreak produced has reached a dangerous point. Now, there are vaccines to stop it. But their rollout in the United States has been late, and new, faster-spreading variants of the virus are threatening waves in illness.
The CDC examined several different scenarios involving the strain- which they believe is about 50% more contagious than the previous one. In each one – the new strain made up the bulk of cases within the coming two months in the U.S.
The CDC stated: “Multiple lines of evidence indicate that B.1.1.7 is more efficiently transmitted than are other SARS-CoV-2 variants.”
The variant, known as B.1.1.7, was initially detected in the U.K. in mid-Dec. It has spread to over 30 countries since then. The variant has been detected in 10 states so far, with approx. 76 cases as of 13th Jan, even though the actual number is expected to be much higher.
According to Johns Hopkins University – Covid cases in the U.S. topped 23 million this week with over 392,000 deaths since the pandemic rose.
Strict Measures to be Undertaken:
Researchers restated the need to adhere to health guidelines such as proper hygiene, wearing a mask, and social distancing, amid other things, to maintain curbing the spread of the virus while the nation swiftly works to vaccinate the most exposed. Also, the new strain to achieve so-called “herd-immunity” becomes more difficult.
New research proposes that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can yet protect against the mutation and some other strains. As alarms of the U.K. strain intensify, the CDC announced severer travel guidelines that demand all global travelers to present negative COVID tests before entering the country.