Recently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report suggesting that the new coronavirus variants can increase the cases significantly. According to the health officials, it can accelerate the speed of the coronavirus spread to an even more dangerous level.
The director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky mentioned that he is concerned about the new variants of the virus. Also, this situation is particularly concerning since the coronavirus cases are finally coming down. She also mentioned that the new variants have higher transmission ability. This factor can waste the progress regarding the pandemic over the past couple of months.
Experts recently identified the cases of B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant in the UK and then in Minnesota. The data shows that this variant can become vast spread in the US over the next month due to high transmission ability.
Recently, CDC published a study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which mentions the cases of the new coronavirus variant spreading in Minnesota. According to the experts, this new variant stresses the importance of coronavirus guidelines issued by the CDC.
The mitigation measures including wearing masks, social distancing, self-isolation, avoiding public gatherings, and traveling can limit the spread of the virus. Moreover, the CDC director said that we should stick to the guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus to the maximum. This will not only help reduce the number of cases but also lessen the chance of more coronavirus variants.
The CDC is reporting several cases of the new strain of coronavirus that first emerged in the UK. Moreover, this strain has been spotted in Africa and Brazil and now traveled to the US as well. This new variant was detected in 41 US states. Also, most of these cases consist of the strain from UK origin.
The rapid increase in the case shows that the strain can transmit rapidly among people. This eventually increases the number of hospitalizations and fatalities due to the virus. However, the experts are hopeful that the health care system will tackle the new variant and the vaccine will work effectively for this strain as well.
In addition to increasing the vaccination in the country, reducing the transmission of the virus is also important. The coronavirus cases in the US started dropping recently after several months of fighting with the pandemic. Meanwhile, the new variant of the coronavirus can halt this progress and increase the cases once again. In this situation, it is important to stay aware of the guidelines. Also the public should try to limit the spread as much as possible.
Dr. Walensky suggested that the spread of coronavirus will stop with the collective efforts of the authorities and the general public. Only the decrease in the number of cases can make sure the new variant does not get the chance to spread rapidly. Also, the increased spread of the coronavirus variants at this time means that new strains will emerge in the coming months. This can also affect the efficacy of the vaccine on the novel coronavirus.