Task Force Warns of "More Aggressive" COVID
Late last year it was revealed that a new, more contagious variant of COVID-19 had been detected in England and was spreading rapidly around the country. Since then, other unique variants have been detected in South Africa and Nigeria. This week, the CDC confirmed that "multiple COVID-19 variants are circulating globally" and that the UK version has been detected in the United States. However, according to the White House coronavirus task force, the United States might already have its own, unique version. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
There is a Possible "USA Variant" of COVID-19
In the latest report released to states this week, the task force warned that there was a possibility of a "USA variant" of COVID-19—and that it is significantly more contagious than the previous.
"This fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rise of cases as the spring and summer surges. This acceleration suggests there may be a USA variant that has evolved here, in addition to the UK variant that is already spreading in our communities and may be 50% more transmissible," it read, calling for "aggressive mitigation … to match a much more aggressive virus."
Suggested mitigation measures should include the fundamentals set forth by the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci—including the use of face masks.
"Aggressive mitigation must be used to match a more aggressive virus; without uniform implementation of effective face masking (two or three ply and well-fitting) and strict social distancing, epidemics could quickly worsen as these variants spread and become predominant."
They also recommend vaccinating as many people as possible immediately, declaring that vaccines must "be put in arms now."
"Do not delay the rapid immunization of those over 65 and vulnerable to severe disease; recommend creation of high throughput vaccination sites with use of EMT personnel to monitor for potential anaphylaxis and fully utilize nursing students. No vaccines should be in freezers but should instead be put in arms now; active and aggressive immunization in the face of this surge would save lives," the reports said.
The task force also warned about the "aggressive community spread" expected after the holidays. "The United States remains at a high plateau of 140-150,000 confirmed and suspected COVID admissions per week and 120-125,000 total inpatients. Significant continued deterioration, from California across the Sunbelt and up into the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, despite low testing rates during the holidays, suggests aggressive community spread," they wrote.
How to Survive This Pandemic
As for yourself, follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.