Dr. Fauci Just Gave a Warning About the New COVID Strain in the U.S.
With a new strain of COVID spread across the UK, now accounting for more than 60 percent of cases in London, many Americans are concerned that the mutated virus has ended up in the US. There is evidence that the new COVID strain has traveled to other countries overseas, but there is no evidence that it made it to the US. However, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), says that it is "certainly possible" the new strain is already in the US. For more information on Fauci's assessment, see Dr. Fauci advises against this a COVID security measure. To see what the NIAID director is warning about.
During an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America on December 22nd, Fauci discussed the new variant of COVID that has wreaked havoc in the UK. When asked if he thinks the new strain is already in the US, he said, "That is certainly possible, I mean, if you have that amount of spread in a place like the UK, you really have to assume it is is already here ... I wouldn't be surprised at all if it is already here. "
If the tribe is actually in the US, Fauci is pretty confident that it "certainly isn't the dominant tribe" as it is in the UK.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the new strain of COVID has not been identified through sequencing efforts in the United States. However, the CDC notes that only a fraction of US cases (51,000 out of 17 million) have been sequenced. "In view of the low proportion of sequenced US infections, the variant could already be in the USA without being discovered," the agency notes.
The CDC says they will continue to monitor the situation and closely examine the virus in the US to identify any changes quickly.
Of course, many questions still remain open about the new strain of COVID, but here's what we know about it so far. And to see more from Fauci, check out Dr. Fauci. Just debunked the 4 biggest myths about the COVID vaccine.
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The new COVID strain is more contagious.
Woman in face mask coughing outdoors
During a press conference on December 19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new COVID strain was "up to 70 percent more transmissible than the old variant". However, Johnson noted that "these are early data and need review".
Some have found that the reported 70 percent increase in the risk of infection is due to computer modeling rather than laboratory data. "Overall, I think we need a little more experimental data," said Dr. Muge Cevik, Infectious Disease Expert at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and UK Government Research Advisor to the New York Times. "We cannot completely rule out that some of this portability data is related to human behavior."
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The new strain of COVID doesn't appear to be any more deadly.
In the hospital, a sick male patient sleeps on the bed. Heart rate monitor is on his finger.
Experts say the new variant of COVID doesn't appear to be any more deadly than the virus that is currently spreading across the U.S. "At this time, we have no evidence that this will affect our ability to keep vaccinating people, or that it is more dangerous or deadly than the strains we currently know about," said US Surgeon General Jerome Adams Jan. December on Face the Nation. To see what side effects to expect from the vaccine, check out the Dr. Fauci says you should expect these COVID vaccine side effects.
The new COVID strain is found in at least five other countries.
Woman with face mask looking out the window at a bus
While we're not sure yet whether the new strain has made it to the US, it was discovered in Australia, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Gibraltar, according to SkyNews. To see the silver lining of the new COVID strain, read This is the only good thing about the new COVID strain, says the WHO.
The virus mutates again.
Scientist studies COVID-19 in the laboratory
While this is the most notable variant of COVID to date, with more mutations than other strains, it's important to keep in mind that the virus has mutated since it was first and will continue to do so. "This virus, like all viruses, mutates ... and viruses change their surface proteins. And once they do, the antibodies we developed against those surface proteins stop working," said former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD on Face the Nation on December 20th.
"It will mutate and change its surface proteins, but probably slowly enough that we can develop new vaccines," said Gottlieb. And to see if you're more likely to catch the new strain, check out If You're Under This Age, You're More Likely to Get the New COVID Strain.
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