More Deadly COVID Variant Found in These 48 States
In late 2020, it was revealed that COVID-19 variants had been identified around the globe. In the months since, three mutations are quickly becoming more prevalent: B.1.1.7, first identified in the United Kingdom, 501.V2, from South Africa, and P1, originating in Brazil. While all three are more transmissible than the original, the UK variant has also been confirmed to be more deadly—and unfortunately, it will soon be the dominating strain in the United States. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it has been confirmed in more than half the states in the country. Read on to find out where—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The More Deadly Variant is Taking Over the U.S. and is In the Following States
The UK variant has been identified in the following states and territories:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. In short, the only states it hasn't been identified in are Oklahoma, which has confirmed cases of the Brazilian variant, and Vermont, where no variants have been identified.
On Monday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC, revealed that the UK variant, B.1.1.7 will soon be the dominant strain in multiple states across the country. While the UK variant is "not evenly distributed across the United States," there are "over 4,700 cases reported so far, and that's just based on what we're, evaluating and sequencing," she said.
So, where will it first become dominant? According to Dr. Walensky, in Florida and California "it's up to 25 percent." In the other states, "it's lower," she maintains. And, per the CDC's current model, "by the end of March, early April, B.1.1.7 will be the dominant" strain of COVID.
The good news is that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna—offer protection against the B.1.1.7 variant. This means that getting vaccinated is one of our biggest tools against the variant.
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," Dr. Walensky begged this week. "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 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.