The lack of Covid testing capabilities in the United States may mean that the new, highly transmissible strain of coronavirus that first appeared in the United Kingdom has already been working in communities across the United States.
This is according to Dr. Nasheed Badria, medical director of the Department of Special Pathogens at Boston Medical Center.
“To find this strain, what we need to do is to extract a certain percentage from the diagnosed sample and conduct an in-depth genetic analysis. (in) In the United States, our capabilities are not very good. “The infectious disease doctor told Monday “News with Shepard Smith”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no new variant has been detected in the United States
However, the agency said the virus has only been sequenced in about 51,000 of the country’s 17 million infections. The UK has the most recorded sequence at 125,00. On Christmas Eve, the number of infections in the UK hit the second-highest daily record, and 39,036 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the country that day.
Starting Monday, the United States will require all travelers flying from the United Kingdom to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test because of growing concerns about new variants of the virus.
Dr. Bhadelia, who is also a medical writer for NBC News, explained that these measures are far from enough.
She said: “You can still have people who were denied during the test, then get on the plane and later become positive again, which is why I think the test needs to be associated with some kind of isolation.”
Japan has adopted stricter measures and halted the entry of all foreign nationals. More than ten countries have reported cases of this rapidly spreading mutation, including Canada, France, South Africa, Australia, Japan, and South Korea.
Health experts in the United Kingdom and the United States pointed out that although the new variant appears to be more easily spread, there is no evidence that it is more deadly. Dr. Bhadelia warned that for the new strain, the results of the study should not make people feel complacent.
“The trouble is that even if we don’t think it will increase the mortality rate, the fact that it is easier to spread has also attracted people’s attention, because the more people infected, the more people will end up in the hospital, and the possibility of death. “She added.