Springfield, Missouri (KY3)-Green County residents have tested positive for a variant of COVID-19.
The Springfield-Green County Department of Health announced on Friday that the resident had tested positive for the British variant B.1.1.7 since early March.
The B.1.1.7 variant is listed as a variant of concern by the CDC.Its transmission rate is as high as 50%, and there is evidence that the disease is more serious depending on the hospitalization and the case
Local health leaders said they knew this was about to happen. Dr. Robin Trotman of CoxHealth said that as more and more people become infected with COVID-1
Trotman said: “We really have to pay attention to what is happening around the world, because we are not special in the United States, and we naively think that we have taken safeguards in some way.”
The Springfield-Green County Department of Health reported that the person was of British origin and that his variant tested positive, but he did not travel. Trotman believes that this person is likely to come into contact with people who have traveled through a series of other people.
He said: “People really should consider that a slight change in the ability of the variant to bind to the receptor will make the virus dose smaller and make you more nauseous.”
Just because doctors are not sure whether it is resistant to different immunity or treatments, they think this variant is worrying. However, Kendra Findley, head of community health and epidemiology at the Springfield-Green County Health Department, said that all three major vaccines will still work on it.
She said: “They all have a good effect on B.1.17.”
Findlay and Trotman say this variant may be more contagious.
Findlay said: “When we talk about relaxing restrictions and getting together, it’s really a bigger problem. This is something we all urgently need to do now.
Trotman said: “If we don’t want these more variants to become mainstream, then we don’t have to give the virus a way to reproduce.”
The patient’s sample was randomly selected and tested by the Centers for Disease Control as part of its genome monitoring program.
Trotman said: “With 100% certainty, there are more variants in our region, because we only sample a small part of the virus, so naively think this is a one-off.
Findlay of the Ministry of Health said experts plan to increase testing to find out how many variants are possible in the Green County area. The results should be available in the next few weeks or months.
The COVID-19 variant has one or more mutations that distinguish it from other variants in the circulation. Many variants have been recorded in the United States.
Acting Director of Health, Katie Towns, said in a press release: “We know it’s only a matter of time before the variant is found in the community.” “We will remain vigilant and pay close attention to the indicators we use to monitor the current situation. Including the number of cases and hospitalizations. As we move towards eliminating housing restrictions, the disease will spread, and now we have evidence that this mutation exists in our communities, which makes people more important than ever The point is to get vaccinated as soon as possible and prevent serious variants of the disease associated with the disease.”
In February, Missouri also reported the only other variant of B.1.1.7 that was identified from residents of Marion County.
SGCHD provides the following recommendations to deal with the spread of COVID-19 variants:
-Looking at your distance
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