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Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that a new strain of Covid-19 currently circulating in the United States may further put pressure on hospitals that have been flooded by coronavirus patients.
Colorado health officials announced on Tuesday that they had found the first known case, which was originally found in the UK, and the new virus is more infectious. CDC officials said that another new strain that was first discovered in South Africa may also have been circulating in the United States.
Henry Walke, the agency’s Covid event manager, said in a conference call with reporters: “Because mutations spread faster, they may cause more cases and bring more to our already heavy medical system. pressure.”
Walke said that existing data show that the new variant spreads “easier and faster” than other strains, but does not seem to cause more serious illness or increase the risk of death.
He pointed out that people infected with the new strain of the virus in Colorado have no history of travel, “this shows that the variant has spread from person to person in the United States.” He added that considering the popularity of the variant in the UK, “can be expected.”
He said: “Viruses are constantly changing through mutations, and we hope that new mutations will appear over time.” “Many mutations caused by mutations will not change the way the virus infects people. However, sometimes mutations will appear like this Easier to spread.”
He added, “Experts believe that our current vaccines will be effective against both new strains.” Scientists are still studying how the new strains respond to Covid-19 treatment, such as monoclonal antibodies and convalescent plasma.
Dr. Greg Armstrong, director of the Office of Advanced Molecular Testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the claim that the vaccine is effective against this new mutation is based on “experience similar to previous mutations.” He added that the immunity caused by a previous infection with another strain may also be effective against these new strains.
National and state laboratories across the country are conducting tests to determine whether there are other variants in the United States and the spread of variants found in the United Kingdom. He said the CDC is strengthening the national surveillance program to receive 750 samples per week for sequencing.
He added that the institution is signing contracts with academic centers across the country to sequence samples and find new variants locally. He said these centers are located in Scripps College in Boston, New Haven, Connecticut, Athens, Georgia, Nashville, Tennessee, Madison, Wisconsin and San Diego.
He said: “In the United States, there are many laboratories with this ability.” “Many people are now looking for this variant.”