It’s been recently revealed that lowering the Covid-19 cases across the US is not only important to help prevent another surge that’s fueled by various varients, but this also makes vaccines more likely to continue working efficiently against mutations.
“The best thing we could possibly do to improve the chances that the vaccine will continue working as we’re hoping it will is to reduce cases as much as possible without having those reductions occur as a result of vaccine-derived immunity,” Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist, an immunologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said during a Tuesday event.
New Covid-19 cases
The US reported the other day that there are more than 59,500 new Covid-19 cases. Experts are warning that these infection numbers are still pretty high, and they could see another uptick if Americans are letting down their guard.
This is also the reason for which masks and social distancing continue to play a key role because if the virus continues to circulate at high levels, it will come into contact with/infect the people who have been vaccinated.
“The more opportunities we give the virus to come in contact with somebody who is immune, the more opportunities there are for the virus to find a way around that level of immunity and those antibodies,” Mina added.
The new variant is circulating in the US
You are probably aware by now of the fact that experts found some variants that are circulating in the US and that are worried about the B.1.1.7. strain – this is a highly contagious variant that has been detected in the UK.
There’s a study that found some cases of the variant, and these are rapidly increasing across the US, and important community transmission may already be happening as we speak.
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