New Strain of COVID Could Impact Progress

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Natalia Cullins, Contributor

Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert, told Good Morning America that he wouldn’t be surprised if the new strain of corona was in the U.S. right now. (U.S. News) While it’s not a dominant strain, it should be noticed that it could be here because of all the foot traffic from the U.K. to the U.S.

The CDC has said not to panic. The new strain, also known as the “UK variant” or B.1.1.7, has been detected in dozens of countriesNot only has B.1.1.7 been found around the world, but also another strain that is like B.1.1.7 has been found in South Africa and Nigeria. Scientists say that the B.1.1.7 spreads 70% more easily, but it is not more dangerous than the previous Covid-19. Children are also more likely to get sick with this new strain. The new vaccine is said to work on the new strains, and it is just a rush to figure out how we can keep everything under control. (Connecticut Children’s)

The new strain does not appear to lead to more serious illness, but nothing is for sure when it comes to the virus. With the new COVID-19 vaccinepeople are very eager to return to life as we use to know it. Dr. Schreiber said, “The COVID-19 vaccine is an extraordinary scientific achievement, and it is now being delivered to the people who need it most. But we still have a way to go.” Life could return to normal during the fall and winter months of 2021. That’s how long it could take for Americans ages 16 and up to get the vaccine. It is said that Pfizer’s vaccine is 95 percent effective and Moderna’s vaccine is 94 percent effective. Even with the vaccine, people need to continue to wear their masks and practice social distancing. (Connecticut Children’s)