CDC Warns Highly Contagious COVID Variant From UK Is Set to Become Dominant Strain in U.S.

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The CDC predicts that the highly contagious strain of COVID-19 that originated in the U.K. is expected to become the dominant strain in the U.S. by March.
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The highly contagious strain of COVID-19 that originated in the UK is expected to become the dominant strain in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As the Washington Post reports, the CDC released a forecast last month predicting that the variant would become the primary strain in March. Researchers estimate the mutation is about 50 percent more transmissible than the common COVID strain.

The variant is not known to cause a more severe illness, but an increase in COVID spread logically leads to more cases and therefore more deaths in the ongoing pandemic. This data is now being backed up by a new study from researchers that serves as a another sobering reminder of the importance of distributing vaccines quickly.

"Our study shows that the U.S. is on a similar trajectory as other countries where B.1.1.7 rapidly became the dominant SARS-CoV-2 variant, requiring immediate and decisive action to minimize covid-19 morbidity and mortality," authors of the new study posted on the…
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