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Assume the new coronavirus variant is in your community

Assume the new coronavirus variant is in your community

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The same day a mob of weapon-bearing Trump-zealots hijacked the Capitol Building, fatally injured a police officer, carved “Murder the media” on a door, and marched freely through the halls with a Confederate flag, the coronavirus killed nearly 4,000 Americans. It was the deadliest COVID-19 day in the U.S., but only for a short time. Regrettably, the following day COVID-19 deaths eclipsed 4,000. That equals almost 24 Oklahoma City bombings.

Yet the latest coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S. come with another unsettling reality. A new, more contagious variant — some 40 to 70 percent more infectious than previous strains and responsible for skyrocketing cases in the UK — is spreading in the U.S., though the CDC estimates its prevalence in reported cases is still low. The variant has been confirmed in Texas, New York, Florida, California, Colorado, and beyond. The impacts could grow serious, as previous coronavirus strains were already excellent at spreading. Infectious disease experts emphasize it’s wise to assume the new strain (dubbed the B.1.1.7 lineage) has been spreading for at least weeks in the U.S., and will continue spreading. Read more…

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