CHICAGO – A third variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Illinois and the strain is thought to be more contagious than others.
Researchers at Northwestern University have found that variant P.1, first identified in travelers from Brazil, has been confirmed by a Chicago resident. Health officials said their household partner also suffered from COVID-19 and did not travel outside of Illinois.
Healthcare professionals believe that this option is more contagious and may affect antibodies.
“Evidence suggests that this variant may spread more easily than most currently circulating strains of COVID-19, and there is some evidence that some mutations in variant P.1 may affect the ability of antibodies (from natural infection or vaccination ) to recognize and neutralize the virus, but further research is needed, “said health officials.
The first variant of COVID-19 reported in Illinois was variant B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the United Kingdom. As of Friday, there are 85 cases of option B.1.1.7 and two cases of option B.1.351, in addition to option P.1.
On Friday, 1,442 new cases of COVID-19 were registered with 33 additional deaths.
A total of 3,780,305 doses of vaccine were delivered to suppliers in Illinois, including Chicago.
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