United Kingdom coronavirus variant may be dominant in US by March: CDC

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Two key things. One is we changed the strategy before other states and before the United States began recommending that we begin to vaccinate people aged 65 and older. Health and disease infectious experts in the country are anxious that these numbers could increase due to the presence of the new COVID-19 variant.

"The modeled trajectory of this variant in the USA exhibits rapid growth in early 2021, becoming the predominant variant in March", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states in their weekly report.

Moreover, the CDC believes the new variant circulating across the country is still at low levels.

As of Friday, 88 cases of the B117 coronavirus variant have been detected in 15 states: California, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and CT.

The increased transmissibility of the variant warrants universal and increased compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking, the CDC said in a statement. However, the numbers could be higher since testing for it has not been routinely conducted.

As the country is ramping up its vaccination campaign, many people are concerned about vaccines' efficacy against the new variants.

In the modeling work done by the CDC scientists, they suggest that fast pacing of vaccination and stringent adherence of COVID-19 protocols increase the chance of controlling the spread of the new variant, according to the CDC's online journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported on Friday. Jay C. Butler, the CDC deputy director for infectious diseases, in discussing the emergence of variants of the coronavirus, says these mutations require closer surveillance.

"The experience in the United Kingdom and the B117 models presented in this report illustrate the impact a more contagious variant can have on the number of cases in a population", the researchers wrote. Although the variant is more contagious, it does not appear to be resistant to existing vaccines or cause more severe symptoms. Also Read - India launches world's largest Covid-19 vaccination drive: Who received the first shot? "Students with government scholarships will be given priority which will allow our students to travel easily and to provide them with the necessary protection against the virus in order to ensure that they do not stop studying". Notable variants include the B.1.351 lineage first detected in South Africa and B.1.1.28 subclade (renamed "P.1") detected in Brazil.

There were some studies conducted also which revealed that the new variant of COVID-19 is 50 to 70 percent more transmissible.



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