More Deadly COVID Variant Taking Over These 2 States, Says CDC Chief
In late 2020, it was revealed that COVID-19 had mutated and that a handful of variants had been detected around the world. Health experts were immediately concerned, as these mutations appeared to be much more transmissible than the original—and potentially more deadly. Over the last few months, they have continued to spread across the world and country, and in certain places, are now the most dominant strains. During the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Monday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that the UK variant, B.1.1.7 will soon be the dominant strain in multiple states across the country. Read on to find out where she predicts it will dominate first—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Variant is Dominant in Florida and California
According to Dr. Walensky, the UK variant is "not evenly distributed across the United States." However, the B.1.1.7—which is both more transmissible and more deadly—is in all 50 states. She added that there are "over 4,700 cases reported so far, and that's just based on what we're, evaluating and sequencing."
She added that it is quickly becoming dominant in two states: Florida and California where "it's up to 25 percent." In the other states, "it's lower," she maintains.
However, she does point out that the CDC's current model projects that "by the end of March, early April, B.1.1.7 will be the dominant" strain of COVID.
The good news? All three of the COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna—protect against the B.1.1.7 variant. This makes it extremely important for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Walensky Begged You Get Your Vaccine When You Can
"Please follow our recommended public health prevention precautions, and be ready to get your vaccine when it is available to you," she begged. "We are just starting to turn the corner. The data are moving in the right direction, but where this goes is dependent on whether we all do what must be done to protect ourselves and others." So follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, 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.