A man receives a nasal swab COVID-19 test at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on December 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California amid coronaviruses in Southern California.
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Three U.S. states have now identified cases of new coronavirus strains in people with no travel history, indicating that they are already inadvertently spreading among Americans.
Florida health officials announced Thursday that they are finding the first case of covid-19 with a newer, more contagious type of virus in the state. The Florida Department of Health said the man, who lives in a county north of West Palm Beach, has no 20-year travel history. Twitter post.
The first known B.1.1.7 in the United Kingdom. The Florida man is among the first handful of people diagnosed with the new variant called. California has now reported at least four cases of new strain in San Diego County with no travel history. These cases have been reported by Colorado health officials in the first two cases of people who have not traveled.
“I’m not surprised that you have a case in California and there are probably more cases,” said White House Coronavirus Adviser Dr. Anthony Fawcett told Governor Gavin News on Wednesday that state health officials had found his first case. “We will be looking at reports from other states.”
U.S. health officials say the arrival of divers in the nation is not surprising, though it could make matters worse if it is allowed to spread unchecked. Evidence indicates that the new strain is transmitted more easily and quickly than previous versions of the virus, it is not thought to cause more serious disease in infected people and current vaccines should still work against it, say U.S. .S. The centers said. On a conference call on Wednesday.
However, the spread of the new variant threatens to make matters worse if more people are hospitalized, experts said. U.S. In December was the most lively month of the epidemic, as hospitals reached capacity and the much-anticipated vaccine rollout was slower than expected.
More than 3.3 million new infections and more than 77,500,000 deaths were reported in the country during December, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. According to figures from the COVID tracking project run by Atlantic journalists, more than 125,000 people are currently hospitalized in the Covid-19, fleeing in 2021 – more than the double height set in mid-April last year.
Another cause for concern: The first cases of the new variant have been found amid the busy holiday travel season in the country’s most populous states, Mercedes Carnet, vice chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University, told MSNBC on Friday.
TSA officials said they visited the U.S. on Sunday following Christmas. With 1.828 million passengers checked at the airport, this is the largest number since Covid stopped travel in mid-March.
“We can be sure based on those photographs that we all saw millions of people traveling between these places during the holidays from the TSA checkpoint.” “We’re confident this variable is everywhere now.”
Recent evidence from Imperial College Ledge London also shows that the new variant affects people under the age of 20 more than older adults. Part of that shift, however, is because schools may remain open during the lockdown order period, the study said.
Age differences can be a problem because younger people are more likely to come out into the community as needed workers, and they are not the first to be vaccinated, Carnethon said.
“I think the priority, in my opinion, is to reinforce the basic messages we know about how to stop community transmission,” Carnethan said. “As we know, our strategy for vaccination is starting with shortening our infrastructure of health care workers. However, this does not necessarily mean that the required population is leading to the spread of the coronavirus community.”