The New Strains of COVID-19

The New Strains of COVID-19

Muznah Aquil, Staff Writer

As the uncertainties of COVID-19 continue to unfold, its new strain has created a great load of tension for people around the world. Initially found in the United Kingdom, the strain quickly spread and has arrived in several states in the United States.

The strain, also known as B.1.1.7, is highly contagious and spreads very quickly. Dr. Anthony Fauci has explained that its quick transmission is due to its greater ability to bind to receptors on cells. 

However, a lot of information remains unknown. Scientists are not entirely informed on whether the new vaccine would successfully work for the new strain; more data is needed for a conclusion. Additionally, it is uncertain if B.1.1.7 leads to a higher risk of death.

As of January 4, cases for the new strain have been found in Colorado, California, Florida, and most recently, New York. It has also been reported in 33 other countries.

A strain much like B.1.1.7 was found in South Africa, which has been identified as B.1.351. It has a quick transmission rate. However, officials in the United States are deliberating on whether it is currently spreading within the nation.