The new COVID-19 strain that emerged in the UK in October last year made a lot of people worry about its capabilities. Although initially, experts believed that the strain only makes the coronavirus spread more rapidly, Dr. Fauci confirms the hunch of UK PM Boris Johnson that the disease could have become more lethal.
Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and also a physician-scientist and an immunologist. Fox News brings the news about Fauci’s dreadful claim regarding the UK variant of COVID-19, but likely not all age groups are susceptible to become more affected while infected with the new strain.
The UK variant makes the coronavirus more deadly
The UK variant was already found across 22 states from the USA. Dr. Fauci declared for CBS’ “Face the Nation” and to the host Margaret Brennan:
When the British investigators looked more closely at the death rate of a certain age group, they found that it was 1 per thousand, and it went up to 1.3 per thousand in a certain group, so that’s a significant increase.
However, Fauci admited one important aspect:
We want to look at the data ourselves, but we have every reason to believe them,
We’re going to look at this and follow this very, very carefully because these things evolve.
The more contagious nature will likely make the coronavirus’s UK strain become the dominant variant in the US by March, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed. Dr. Fauci still relies on the vaccines, although cautioning that the efficacy remains unknown. But the famous immunologist believes that the effect would be minimal even in the case of reduced efficacy.
The US has reported a number of over 25 million people infected by the COVID-19 pandemic, while more than 429,000 of them had died.