CDC concerned virus variant may dominate in US

CDC concerned virus variant may dominate in US

Health and disease infectious experts in the country are anxious that these numbers could increase due to the presence of the new COVID-19 variant.

The CDC's models show whether or not the rate of vaccination is increased, the United Kingdom strain will still overtake other strains in the March.

CDC admitted as well that the B117 is a more transmissible variant that can cause COVID-19 cases to increase in the country in the upcoming weeks. The variant has so far been detected in at least 10 states, with approximately 76 cases as of January 13, although the actual number is expected to be much higher.

The variant, known as B.1.1.7, is believed to be twice as contagious as the current version of the virus circulating in the United States.

"This is the highest number of deaths and the second-highest weekly case number in our dataset", said a report of the tracking project.

Almost 90,000 people in the USA may die from Covid-19 in the next three weeks, according to the latest projections of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jay Butler, CDC's deputy director for infectious diseases, told a news outlet they are concerned with the presence of the new variant in the country.

Pfizer and Moderna are in the process of testing their vaccines against the variants.

"The increased transmissibility of the B.1.1.7 variant warrants rigorous implementation of public health strategies to reduce transmission and lessen the potential impact of B.1.1.7, buying critical time to increase vaccination coverage", US health officials wrote. This virus transmits more easily from person to person. More rigorous efforts to limit the spread of the virus - including more compliance with following public health guidelines like wearing masks and staying away from crowds - will slow the variant's spread and give medical experts more time to vaccinate more people and build up community immunity, the team writes.

There were some studies conducted also which revealed that the new variant of COVID-19 is 50 to 70 percent more transmissible.