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    "It's nothing compared with what we saw with Alpha and Delta, which were something like 50% to 60% more transmissible," he told BBC.What has been the reaction?At this juncture, most scientists are in agreement with Balloux that the subvariant is not a cause for panic. The new strain has not yet been elevated to a "variant of concern" status by the U.K. government, and in other places where it has been found — such as in Denmark and the U.S. — it has not shown a notable upward trajectory. But everyone seems to agree that further testing and continued monitoring are needed. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who served as the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under former President Trump, acknowledged that the strain is likely not a "cause for immediate concern," but called for "urgent research" to figure out if it is more transmissible or has partial immune evasion. "We should work to more quickly characterize these and other new variants. We have the tools," he tweeted over the weekend. "This needs to be a coordinated, global...
    A NEW subvariant of the Delta strain is on the rise in the UK - that could be up to ten per cent more infectious. It comes as the UK saw the highest number of new daily cases in three months yesterday - with 49,156 infections recorded. 2The subvariant could be up to ten per cent more infectious as it rises in the UKCredit: LNP The spike in cases of AY.4.2 has been picked up in Britain, with a slice of the country's growing infections due to the subvariant. The former US Commissioner of Food and Drugs Scott Gottlieb called for an urgent investigation into the rise. He called it "Delta plus", which was a name given to an earlier separate strain, but tweeted: "UK reported its biggest one-day Covid case increase in three months just as the new delta variant AY.4 with the S:Y145H mutation in the spike reaches 8% of UK sequenced cases. "We need urgent research to figure out if this delta plus is more transmissible, has partial immune evasion?" Experts have said "wait and...
    Alarm bells are sounding for some health officials as a new, possibly more transmissible COVID-19 variant has now been identified in 49 states. The mu variant, first discovered in Colombia in January, is threatening to become the dominant strain of the virus, potentially overtaking the Delta variant, as health officials continue to combat the constantly mutating virus. According to reports, the only state in the US that has not recorded a case of the mu virus is Nebraska after the strain it made its presence known in Alaska and Hawaii recently. The new variant is believed to be more transmissible than the Delta variant and could potentially resist vaccines.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert said over the weekend that the Delta variant represented more than 99 percent of new US cases, noting that the mu variant demonstrated mutations that "indicate that it might evade the protection from certain antibodies.” Newsweek reported that California has reported the highest number of cases of the new variant, with nearly 400 mu infections recorded. In August, the World Health Organization...
    A new Covid strain has now been spotted in 31 countries after a latest case was recorded on Australian shores.  The Lambda strain caught the attention of the World Health Organization after it was spotted in the UK, US and Germany.  Thought to originate in Peru, the lethal strain made up almost 81 per cent of the country's cases since April.  Doctors in the South American nation claimed it is more transmissible than any other variant because of how quickly it has spread over the past four months.  Sequencing in the country and neighbouring Chile, where the most cases of the strain have been recorded, is poor compared to the UK and US. It only accounts for 0.3 per cent of infections in the US and less than 0.1 per cent in Britain. Coronavirus-tracking researchers are yet to uncover proof the virus is actually any more contagious than existing strains, including Delta or 'Delta Plus'.  Others also insist there is no evidence to suggest it is deadlier, despite some doctors linking its spread to Peru having the world's worst Covid mortality rate....
    DENVER (CBS4)– There’s a reason you have to get a flu shot every year. It’s because influenza is a virus and viruses have a tendency to change over time. COVID-19 is also a virus and since it became part of our world in 2020, it, too, has changed, similar to the flu virus. (credit: CBS) “It has a number of mutations that are a little bit different,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s State Epidemiologist. READ MORE: Man Driving Tractor Injures Police Officer In San Luis One of those is the Alpha Variant more commonly known as the UK variant. Now we’re also seeing the Delta Variant which first popped up in India and has spread around the world. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is concerned. The main reason, it is more transmissible between unvaccinated people. “Meaning that it’s spread more easily from person to person,” said Herlihy. Also concerning: early data seems to indicate vaccine efficacy seems slightly lower with the Delta Variant. READ MORE: Middle School Teacher Kyle Faust Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old A stack...
    DENVER (CBS4)– There’s a reason you have to get a flu shot every year. It’s because influenza is a virus and viruses have a tendency to change over time. (credit: CBS) COVID-19 is also a virus and since it became part of our world in 2020, it, too, has changed, similar to the flu virus. READ MORE: Boulder Police Ask For Help Locating Woman Who Took Maltese Puppy “It has a number of mutations that are a little bit different,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s State Epidemiologist. One of those is the Alpha Variant more commonly known as the UK variant. Now we’re also seeing the Delta Variant which first popped up in India and has spread around the world. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is concerned. The main reason, it is more transmissible between unvaccinated people. “Meaning that it’s spread more easily from person to person,” said Herlihy. Also concerning: early data seems to indicate vaccine efficacy seems slightly lower with the Delta Variant. READ MORE: 2 People, 1 Dog Killed In Plane Crash South Of...
    THE now dominant Indian coronavirus variant could be 100 per cent more transmissible than the Kent strain, an expert has warned. It comes amid reports the mutation is twice as likely to cause hospitalisation, although largely in the unvaccinated, as June 21's "Freedom Day" hangs in the balance. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 4Brits have been urged to get their jab in order to protect them from the Indian variantCredit: LNP Cases of the Indian variant have almost doubled in the past week - rising by 5,472 to 12,431, with areas hardest hit by the variant now being some of the most infected in the country. While the Indian (Delta) variant is believed to be more transmissible, tests have shown that vaccines already being rolled out across the country do work against the variant. The Kent strain ripped through the country and halted Christmas plans in December as tier restrictions failed to contain the spread. At the time the UK did not have a vaccine and Brits were once again told to stay at home in order to...
    THE Indian Covid variant could be 50 per cent more infectious than the dominant Kent strain, Sage has warned. The panel of Government scientists admit it could spark a "much larger" wave. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 4A public health digital board warns the public of a Covid-19 variant of concern in BoltonCredit: AFP Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, said it could threaten the UK's path out of the crisis. But Boris Johnson said he did not believe the easing of lockdown needed to be delayed, and the relaxation in England on Monday would go ahead. The Indian variant could, however, "pose a serious disruption" to progress and puts the June 21 relaxation into doubt. Sage documents published this evening said the Indian variant, called B.1.617.2, could be up to 50 per cent more transmissible than the Kent one - which in itself is up to 70 per cent faster-spreading than the original Wuhan virus. The Sage paper, detailing the groups meeting on May 13, said: "Transmission of this...
    Two strains of coronavirus that emerged in California last summer and fall have been declared 'variants of concern' by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Health officials think that each variant is about 20 percent more transmissible than the currently dominant 'original' variant, based on early data.  Lab studies also suggest that some antibody treatments may not work s well against the two variants.   In particular, one of two antibody drugs by Eli Lilly will no longer be shipped to California, Arizona or Nevada by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) because the variants are so prevalent in the two states that treatments may not be worthwhile there.   Infection-blocking antibodies triggered by vaccines don't work quite as well against the two variants, but so far the new strains don't appear to weaken the effects of these immune cells enough to stop shots from being protective.  With the addition of the California strains - which have been identified in almost every state - there are now five variants of concern (VOC) spreading in the US, including those...
    The new coronavirus variant detected in the United Kingdom may be more deadly and transmissible than the original strain, although more research is needed, Britain’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said Friday, numerous sources reported. Vallance said that for a man in his 60s, the original strain of the virus carries an average risk of killing 10 out of every 1,000 people who are infected, the Associated Press reported. For every 1,000 people infected with the original virus, roughly 10 would be expected to die. With the new variant “13 or 14 people might be expected to die” Sir Patrick Vallance outlines increased mortality risk with the new UK Covid variant Latest: https://t.co/YZtZYd7Zjm pic.twitter.com/Vw3jjh7OR3 — BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 22, 2021 “With the new variant, for 1,000 people infected, roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die,” he said. Vallance emphasized that the evidence is uncertain regarding the mortality rate and that more research is needed.  “I want to stress that there’s a lot of uncertainty around these numbers and we need more work to get...
    Dr Deborah Birx warned that the United States could have its own home-grown mutant strain of COVID-19, in the same way that Britain does, because the virus is spreading so fast. Birx, who announced before Christmas that she would retire when Joe Biden takes office, after being left red-faced for ignoring COVID guidelines during the holidays, made the analysis during a recent meeting of the White House coronavirus taskforce. She presented a series of graphs and charts, officials have said, which showed a serious spike in cases. Birx speculated that this could be because a new, more infectious variant of the virus is circulating - in the same way that Britain has been shaken by the new B.1.1.7 strain.  Dr Deborah Birx speculated that a new, home-grown variant of COVID-19 could be circulating Birx, pictured in March, circulated new charts at a recent taskforce meeting to make her point Her concerns made it on to the weekly report sent to state governors, which was leaked on Friday.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Americans...
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