April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

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The SARS-CoV-2 variant first detected in the United Kingdom is rapidly becoming the dominant strain in several countries and is doubling every 10 days in the United States, according to new data.

The findings by Nicole L. Washington, PhD, associate director of research at the genomics company Helix, and colleagues were posted Sunday on the preprint server medRxiv. The paper has not been peer-reviewed in a scientific journal.

The researchers also found that the transmission rate in the United States of the variant, labeled B.1.1.7,

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The more transmissible COVID-19 variant that originated in the U.K. is doubling in the U.S. every 10 days, according to a new study.

The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, also found the variant to be 35-45 percent more transmissible than the COVID-19 strain first circulating in the U.S. 

“Unless decisive and immediate public health action is taken, the increased transmission rate of these lineages and resultant higher effective reproduction number of SARSCoV-2 will likely have devastating consequences to COVID-19 mortality and morbidity in the U.S. in a few months, if decisive action is not immediately taken,”

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