In the continued battle towards the novel coronavirus, a extra contagious mutation of the pathogen that was first recognized within the United Kingdom late final 12 months has since been discovered within the United States, and federal well being officers have just lately voiced issues that the variant – often known as B.1.1.7 – may grow to be the dominant pressure within the U.S. by March.
Thankfully, right now, specialists are assured that current coronavirus vaccines ought to be efficient in defending towards the pressure, and, for now, it isn’t thought that the variant causes extra extreme sickness or is transmitted otherwise than COVID-19 – that means mask-wearing, social distancing, and handwashing, amongst different preventive measures, ought to nonetheless work.
Additionally, the much-discussed antiviral drug Remdesivir, which grew to become the primary FDA-approved therapy for COVID-19 final fall, ought to be efficient towards new strains, the Gilead Sciences CEO just lately stated.
Colorado was the primary U.S. state to determine the mutation, although it has since been found in quite a few different states, together with New York, California, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Indiana. Last week, Minnesota well being officers introduced 5 circumstances of the B.1.1.7 pressure.
According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 90 circumstances of the variant have been recognized throughout the U.S. to date. Read on to see which states have reported circumstances of the variant.
- New Mexico
- New York
This file will likely be up to date as extra states determine circumstances of the variant.