The COVID Mutation is Now in These 4 States
The coronavirus we had was bad enough. Now there is a new, mutated version, first discovered in the U.K., that is "more infectious." The good news is, it appears the vaccine can protect you against it. The bad news is that "this one appears to make the virus much more easily transmissible," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious-disease expert, warned on MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes Monday night. "Once it becomes more easily transmissible, you're going to get more cases. And when you get more cases, you're going to get more hospitalizations and more deaths. It's bad enough with what we're going through now," he said. "We don't need to get it worse." Read on to see where the new mutation has been discovered—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Mutation Was First Discovered in the U.S. in Colorado
"Officials in Colorado confirmed one patient and identified a second suspected case, both men in the National Guard assigned to a nursing home in Simla, Colo., about 80 miles southeast of Denver. The confirmed patient also had not traveled," reports the New York Times. "The virus's debut in the United States underscores the need for urgent steps to tamp down transmission, experts said. If the variant is spreading in this country, it will bring not just an increase in the number of cases, but also of hospitalizations and deaths."
The Mutation Was Next Discovered in California
"Last week, San Diego County reported it had identified the new variant, called B.1.1.7, in a 30-year-old man with no travel history," reports CalMatters. "Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the discovery in a live streamed event with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading national voice in the pandemic. Over the weekend, San Diego county health officials reported three additional cases. Fauci said this news was expected, since international travel is ongoing and viruses generally mutate. 'RNA viruses, they make a living out of mutating,' he said. 'The more you replicate the more you mutate.'"
The Mutation Has Been Found in Florida
"Florida has evidence of the first identified case of the UK COVID-19 variant in Martin County," tweeted the state's Department of Health. "The individual is a male in his 20s with no history of travel. The Department is working with the CDC on this investigation. We encourage all to continue practicing COVID-19 mitigation."
The Mutation Has Hit New York
When the variant was first discovered in the UK, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned: "Right now, this variant in the UK is getting on a plane and flying to JFK." Well, it arrived and infected a man who never left the country. Yesterday Cuomo tweeted: "The Wadsworth Lab has confirmed New York State's first case of the U.K. variant (B.1.1.7) of the virus that causes COVID. An individual from Saratoga County, New York, tested positive for the strain. The individual had no known travel history."
How to Survive This Pandemic Now That There's a "More Infectious" COVID
The appearance of a new, mutated COVID "just further reinforces the fact that we need to wash our hands, wear our mask lots, keep your distances, keep our household gathering small because if this is a mutation that is more contagious, then that just means that we need to be that much more vigilant while we wait to get vaccinated," says Surgeon General Jerome Adams. 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.