The COVID-19 pandemic seems to find new ways of jeopardizing our lives, although the vaccine is currently rolling out for many countries. Two new variants of the coronavirus had been identified in South Africa and England several months ago, making the disease even more transmissible than before.
Otherwise, there’s no clue that the new strain would make the SARS-CoV-2 virus to cause more severe illness or increase the death risk. But as multiple cases of the new COVID-19 mutation were found in the United States, Yahoo.com writes that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is offering new guidance and information.
Numerous countries affected by the new coronavirus strain
Although the new strain has been detected already in numerous countries, the CDC explains that virus mutations represent something normal:
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.
Another variant of the COVID-19 disease was also found in Nigeria, and we have a very pleasing statement from the CDC for that matter:
CDC also is monitoring this strain but, at this time, there is no evidence to indicate this variant is causing more severe illness or increased spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The best way to fight the pandemic, including all variants of the COVID-19 disease, is to follow Dr. Anthony Fauci’s guidelines, regardless of where you live. This includes wearing a facemask, avoiding large crowds and going indoors with other people, maintaining physical distancing, washing the hands frequently, and opting for the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available.