According to foreign media BGR reports, the new crown mutant strain has been found in nine states in the United States. Some health experts believe that it may become the main strain in the United States in the next two to three months. Since the outbreak began, more than 400000 Americans have died of covid-19. The highly infectious b.1.1.7 variant from the United Kingdom is of particular concern, although new crown variants have been found in the United Kingdom, Japan and South Africa.The mutant strain was first discovered in the UK in November last year. It is said that the infectivity of the strain is 50% higher than that of the common new coronavirus. Therefore, experts have been warning people to adjust their daily habits.
Dr. abisola olulad, a family physician in San Diego, explained to refinery29 that people should limit their indoor time in public places, even if they wear masks and follow social distance guidelines.
We know that the virus spreads more easily indoors than outdoors, Dr. olulade stressed. If you do have to be indoors, shorten your trip as much as possible. "You don't want to talk or stay indoors," she said. "You need to plan what you're going to do and minimize the time you spend indoors." "We have to go back to the old-fashioned way of prevention, especially because the pace of vaccine promotion is very slow," olulade added.
The new covid-19 variant is more infectious, which should not be underestimated. A study last December pointed out that:
Our estimates suggest that tight controls, similar to the nationwide blockade imposed in the UK in November 2020, are unlikely to reduce the effective reproductive rate (RT) below 1 unless primary, secondary and university schools are also closed. We predict that after the relaxation of control measures, the virus is likely to have a large-scale recurrence. It may be necessary to speed up the promotion of the vaccine to have a significant impact on the suppression of the disease burden.
The only good news is that the new strain, though more infectious, is not more lethal. More importantly, health experts are confident that the covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and Moderna can effectively prevent the infection of the new mutant strain.
At present, the UK covid-19 mutant strain has been found in nine states in the United States, including Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, California and Louisiana.
I think one of the things president elect Biden said is that there will be a greater degree of coordination, interaction and support between the federal government and the States.