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UK COVID-19 strain could be dominant in US by March – CDC

-USVI says it continues to monitor the virus
January 16th, 2021 | Tags: CDC VSVI COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus coronavirus USA USVI
The highly contagious strain of COVID-19 first reported in the United Kingdom has been spreading rapidly in the United States and will become the dominant strain in the country by March if efforts are not taken immediately to contain its spread, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report Friday, January 15, 2020. Photo: CDC

ATLANTA, Georga, USA - A highly contagious strain of COVID-19 first reported in the United Kingdom has been spreading rapidly in the United States and will become the dominant strain in the country by March if efforts are not taken immediately to contain its spread, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report Friday, January 15, 2020.

The CDC said measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing need to be increased to help contain the spread, or the new strain will overwhelm already burdened hospitals with ill patients, increasing the risk of more fatalities.

“We expect these numbers to rise in the coming weeks,” said Jay Butler, the CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, (via the Wall Street Journal). 

Federal health officials said the U.K. variant, called  B.1.1.7, had infected at least 76 people in 12 states as of Jan 13 and would most likely exacerbate the pandemic in the U.S.

“If you’re not wearing a mask or if you’re getting sort of lax about it because you’re getting tired of wearing the mask, I really encourage you to wear the mask,” Dr Butler said. 

He said while the latest development in the pandemic does not mean businesses should shut down, "it does mean that we have to take steps to be able to protect ourselves and limit our contacts with others."

USVI health officials said they were monitoring the U.K. variant, "The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health is sending samples to the CDC for sequencing to determine if and when the variant is detected here as well," said Dr. Esther Ellis, D.O.H.'s territorial epidemiologist, during the Bryan administration's Covid-19 press briefing Thursday.

"These recent events are alarming and could have real impacts in the Virgin Islands, in which we have seen cases increasing significantly."

The new variant is believed to be 50 per cent more contagious than the current strain, but health officials say the current strategy of wearing masks and social distancing works against it. 

Scientists say the mutation changes the spike protein found on the surface of the virus by increasing its ability to latch onto human cells — allowing the virus to spread 50 per cent faster than the dominant strain.

13 Responses to “UK COVID-19 strain could be dominant in US by March – CDC”

  • Dr F (16/01/2021, 17:39) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    This is more bad news
    • Sheeple (16/01/2021, 18:29) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
      “It’s easier to deceive the masses than it is to convince them that they’ve been deceive”
      • @ Sheeple (18/01/2021, 01:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        The doc in Miami who died after receiving the Pfizer vaccines.
        The 23 elders in Norway also died after receiving the Pfizer vaccine as well.

        According to the agency, "all deaths" are linked to the Pfizer vaccine, which was the only one available in the country until Friday.
        However, Norwegian officials maintain they are not alarmed and have advised individual doctors to decide who should receive a vaccine.

        Norwegian health officials have warned that vaccinating the most frail older people with serious underlying health conditions could be dangerous after the country reported more than 25 deaths.

        I say no more ...
    • Only me seeing the bull ? (16/01/2021, 18:30) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol that’s funny how they wanted more stricter lockdowns in 2021 and boom there’s a new strain of covid not to mention the same time there’s a vaccine available lol the games mehson
    • @Dr. F (17/01/2021, 07:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who said 2020 was one of the worst years? You haven't seen sht. Get ready for 2021

      January - Lockdowns begins worldwide closed jobs/businesses

      March - New covid Strain “more deadly” or so they say

      April - Hospitals unable to cope/ Covid vaccine should be available everywhere

      June - Shops running out of supplies/ Local protest/ Army check points in each town

      July - National civil unrest takes off/ local governments starts pulling out/ COVID-21 vaccine developed

      August - Early plans for new government structure/ One world government

      September- All debts cancelled if you get vaccinated

      October - Introduction of covid passports/ only those vaccinated can work and travel

      November - Covid 19 and Covid 21 vaccine becomes mandatory

      December - Covid passport changes name to health passport and becomes to normal way of life

      • @@Dr.F (18/01/2021, 08:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Thumbs Up.
        I'm happy that you know about their Plandemic
        Keep Sharing the Knowledge.
        The bible say "My people perish for the lack of knowledge"
  • Real Talk (16/01/2021, 18:38) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    I just wanna know how is it that cancer and aids research labs have accumulated billions of $ to cure aids with no success, but somehow they came up with a cure for covid in less than a year.....
    • @Real Talk (16/01/2021, 20:42) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
      There is a cure/ treatment for HIV-AIDS. And treatment for cancer is improving all the time. Some cancers can be totally cured, even after metastasis. Covid does not have a cure, it has a vaccine. The vaccines (several different approved versions) were created so quickly due to a combination of some revolutionary science and there being money available immediately to progress through different trial phases. Ordinarily, trials would have long delays between phases whilst funding was applied for, approved, and finally provided. In the case of Covid this process was expedited.
  • GG (16/01/2021, 22:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Fraud (17/01/2021, 07:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    People don't allow yourself to be fooled without scientific evidence.there is no damm covid, its a set up.
  • Fake News (17/01/2021, 10:46) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are again trying to create fear. NO NEW STRAIN!!
  • open your eyes (18/01/2021, 01:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In a statement, Pfizer said: "Pfizer and BioNTech are aware of reported deaths following administration of BNT162b2. We are working with NOMA to gather all the relevant information.

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