The United States has again reached a record high coronavirus mortality rate. More than 4,300 Americans died of the virus on Tuesday. While the pace of vaccinations is intensifying, sdelivered on Tuesday, a possible new strain of coronavirus has emerged in Ohio.
Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new variant that carries a mutation identical to a strain found in the United Kingdom but probably already present in the United States.has been found in 1
The researchers say they have found another strain in the United States with three other gene mutations that have not been observed before. The strain with three new mutations has been more noticeable in Columbus in recent weeks, they said.
“Also, like the strain in the United Kingdom, mutations in the Columbus strain are likely to make the virus more contagious, making it easier for the virus to pass from person to person,” the university said in a statement on Wednesday.
Peter Mohler, co-author of the study, said there was no evidence that coronavirus vaccines would be less effective against new mutations.
“At this time, we have no data to believe that these mutations will affect the effectiveness of the vaccines currently in use,” Moller said.
Arizona leads the nation on COVID-19 per capita cases and hospitalizations. The Home of the Cardinals in Arizona, the stadium of the state farm in Glendale, is now a place for mass vaccination of initially responding health workers, teachers and childcare workers.
The Arizona Department of Health is ready to fire at least 600 shots a day, and the stadium will be open 24 hours a day for at least the next two months.
The vaccination race is gaining further urgency, with California having more than 30,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus.
“In my 34 years, I never thought I’d see anything like this,” said Ken Mackenzie, who runs a funeral home in Southern California. This time last year, “there will probably be two or three people I would take care of,” he said. “Currently, there are probably 40 or 50 embalmed bodies here with families waiting to be shut down.”