The Covid Activity Power of the White Home warns of a doable new unfold of the “USA variant”
Health care workers prepare to get vaccinations for Pfizer Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Los Angeles, California on January 7, 2021.
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The White House coronavirus task force said there could be a new variant of the virus that has emerged in the United States and is driving the spread, according to a document from NBC News.
The new variant is already spreading in the municipalities in addition to the British variant and is possibly 50% more transferable according to the report published to states on January 3rd.
The task force said the recent spike in cases has been almost double what it saw in the spring and summer seasons, according to the report. The US has at least 228,400 new Covid-19 cases and at least 2,760 virus-related deaths every day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using data from Johns Hopkins University. The US reported its deadliest day on Thursday with more than 4,000 deaths.
“This acceleration suggests that there may be a US variant that has evolved here, in addition to the UK variant that is already spreading in our communities and potentially 50% more transmissible,” the report said. “Aggressive attenuation must be used to match a more aggressive virus. Without a consistent implementation of effective facial masking (two or three layers and well-fitting) and strict social distancing, epidemics could worsen quickly as these variants spread and prevail. “
Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately return CNBC’s comments.
Few details were given in the report about the new U.S. strain, including how long it had spread. In the past few weeks, the US has increased its genome sequences to detect other strains.
Public health officials were already concerned about the arrival of a new strain of the virus found in the UK known as B.1.1.7.
The CDC has identified at least 52 Covid-19 cases with the mutation B.1.1.7 in the United States. This emerges from data published on the agency’s website, which was last updated on Thursday. However, the CDC warns that their numbers “do not represent the total number of B.1.1.7 ancestry cases circulating in the United States” and may not coincide with the numbers reported by local officials.
So far, the CDC only shows California, Florida, New York, Colorado and Georgia with cases of variant B.1.1.7, but other states like Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Texas announced the arrival of the tribe in their states on Thursday.
Michael Osterholm, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Board, said Tuesday that more new variants of the virus would likely emerge in the US.
Osterholm, epidemiologist and The director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota said in an interview with CNBC that the strain discovered in the UK was “a very big problem”.
“And it’s the first of likely a number of these strains to emerge when we are at this point in the pandemic,” he added.
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