Although there are reports of a new deadly worm spreading here, there are no new highly contagious variants of the coronavirus in the United States.
Officials said the report about the new mutation was based on a speculative statement by Dr. Deborah Burks of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, but it was not accurate. The New York Times reported on Saturday.
The rumors came from a meeting in which Birx discussed some graphs that showed a sharp increase in the spread of the virus across the country. Her theory is that the new, more easily spreading variants that originated in this country may explain the rapid increase in the number of cases, just as the highly contagious new variants discovered in the UK did in the UK.
CNBC reported that her assumption made it a weekly report sent to the governor. The report said: “This acceleration indicates that in addition to the British variants, the American variants may also evolve here, and the British variants have spread in our communities, and the probability of transmission may increase by 50%.”
The Times said that CDC officials disagreed with her assessment and requested that it be removed from the report, but it was unsuccessful. After news reports about this potential variant, the agency issued a formal statement refuting the theory. Spokesperson Jason McDonald said: “So far, researchers and analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not seen the emergence of this particular virus.”
He pointed out that all viruses will evolve, and there may be many mutations evolving at the same time in the world. “However, it may take several weeks or months to determine whether there is a single variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, contributing to a surge in the United States, similar to the surge in the United Kingdom.”
Dr. Birx could not be immediately reached for comment.
This British variant has been found in many states, including New York, and this variant has caused a surge in hospitals there, unstoppable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the disease has so far accounted for less than 0.5% of cases in the country.
An official from the CDC told the New York Times that the second variant has been in the United States for three months and accounts for less than 0.5% of cases, so it cannot be more infectious than other variants.