Thefor the first time in the UK, it is likely to become the dominant strain in the United States by March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a new report Friday. The mutation is thought to be more contagious, and research suggests it may experience “rapid growth” earlier this year.
The CDC explores a number of different scenarios involving, which according to experts is about 50% more portable than the original. In each case, the new strain accounted for most cases in the United States over the next two months.
“Numerous lines of evidence show that B.1
The variant, known as B.1.1.7, was first discovered in the United Kingdom in mid-December and has since spread to more than 30 countries. So far, the option has been, with approximately 76 cases as of January 13, although the actual number is expected to be much higher.
Coronavirus cases in the United States this week exceeded 23 million, moresince the beginning of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The CDC said the new strain “ensures universal and enhanced adherence to mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. Greater vaccination coverage may need to be achieved to protect the public.”
Researchers reiterated the need to adhere to health guidelines, such as wearing a mask, proper hygiene and social distancing, among other things, to continue to limit the spread of the virus while the country quickly works to vaccinate the most vulnerable. The new strain may also make it difficult to achieve the so-called. Herd immunity.
The CDC warned that while it has not been proven that there is an option to cause more severe cases, “a higher transmission rate will lead to more cases, increasing the number of people in need of clinical care, worsening the burden on the already strained health care system and leading to more deaths. “
Newsuggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may still protect against the mutation, as well as more than a dozen other strains. But the Trump administration has vaccination targets for Americans, with only about 12 million doses administered on Saturday.
As fears of the British strain escalated, the CDC issuedwhich require all international travelers to submit negative coronavirus tests before entering the country.