- A new coronavirus strain that originated in the UK is said to be 50% more contagious.
- The new strain has already been found in nine states and may become the dominant strain in the US over the next 2-3 months.
- To date, more than 400,000 Americans have died from COVID since the pandemic began.
The ongoing battle to move past the coronavirus pandemic is almost playing out like a movie in the sense that there's a race to vaccinate as many people as possible before more contagious strains of the virus become dominant. So while coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have certainly provided us with the hope that life might return to normal in just a few months, health experts are keeping a close and watchful eye on the spread of new coronavirus mutations.
While coronavirus mutations have been observed in the UK, Japan, and South Africa, the highly infectious B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant from the UK is particularly worrisome. The mutation was first noticed in the UK back in November and some health experts believe it could become the dominant strain in the U.S. later this year. The strain is said to be 50% more contagious than the original and, as a result, experts are already warning people to adjust their day-to-day routines.
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