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Sunday, January 17, 2021

The new coronavirus variant first seen in the United Kingdom is likely to become the dominant strain in the United States by March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a new report Friday. The mutation is believed to be more contagious, and research shows it could experience "rapid growth" in the early part of this year.



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"The CDC explored a number of different scenarios involving the strain, which experts believe is about 50% more transmissible than the original. In each one, the new strain made up the majority of cases in the U.S. within the next two months.

"Multiple lines of evidence indicate that B.1.1.7 is more efficiently transmitted than are other SARS-CoV-2 variants," the CDC said.

The CDC said the new strain "warrants universal and increased compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public."

New research suggests that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine can still protect against the mutation, as well as over a dozen other strains. However, the Trump administration has failed to meet targets for getting Americans vaccinated, with only around 12 million doses administered as of Saturday." excerpts

Great. We seem to be getting mostly Moderna in Fl.

Plus, some people seem to think that if they are vaccinated they can forget about masks and social distancing, which the CDC says isn't so.


#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-16 05:25 PM | Reply

More vaccine news>

- Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against virus variant

- Permanent flu vaccine in the works

- Health care worker has allergic reaction to Pfizer's COVID vaccine

3 separate links here

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-16 05:41 PM | Reply

- Permanent flu vaccine in the works

It's been "in the works" for decades.

There are questions whether it will ever actually work as all other previous attempts failed.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-17 11:42 AM | Reply

Still going to the grocery store? With new virus variants spreading, it's probably time to stop.

...Health experts say you should avoid optional trips whenever you can. You probably need a better mask, too.

Recent developments in the Covid-19 pandemic have exposed a grim reality: If we keep doing what we're doing now to prevent infections, we're screwed. Well, even more screwed.

That's because the virus appears to be getting even better at infecting us. Since at least December, new, more contagious variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 have been outcompeting earlier versions of the virus in countries as far and wide as Brazil, the UK, and South Africa.

The advantage the new variants carry seems to be that in any given situation where people are gathered, they'll infect more people " an estimated 30 to 70 percent more in the case of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in Britain, which has now been identified in 50 countries.

While these variants haven't been shown to be more deadly, a more transmissible virus is actually worse in many ways than a more lethal one. Cases snowball at a faster rate, Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch said on a recent press call. With a 50 percent rise in infectiousness, for example, "in less than two weeks, you get twice the number of cases," Lipsitch said. "And in a month or so, you have four, five times as many cases. But that's very approximate." The case growth could be even more dramatic, as Vox's Brian Resnick reported.

The implication is clear: If we want the pandemic to end as fast as possible, we need to pump the brakes right now. And we don't have to wait for the vaccines to slow the spread of the virus. We simply need to do what we've been doing all along to prevent infections, just much, much better. At an individual level, that means avoiding optional gatherings with other people " even grocery trips " whenever possible, or cutting them very short.

"Shopping for five minutes in the grocery store is a lot better " six times better " than shopping for 30 minutes," said Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the odds of becoming infected rise the longer you're exposed. "Picking up groceries at the curbside is even better, and having them delivered is even better still." (If you're able to get groceries delivered or pick up curbside, it will also help reduce the risk for those who can't.)...

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-17 12:40 PM | Reply

More Than 39.7 Million Shots Given: Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker
Updated: January 16, 2021, 7:08 PM EST

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-17 12:45 PM | Reply

U.S. COVID Map & Risk Levels

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-17 12:48 PM | Reply

^ At a (just under) a million doses a day, it will take (well over) a year to get to herd immunity threshold in USA.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-17 02:00 PM | Reply

Wonderful. Every available biochemist, chemist, and biologist should be drafted to work on this. Like they used to do in WWII to work on the Manhattan Project. I'd join up in a minute.

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-17 09:23 PM | Reply

There's hope...

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-17 09:41 PM | Reply


Preliminary data suggests the vaccines protect against the B.1.1.7 variant, which makes sense given the nature of the mutations.

A bigger concern for me is people skipping the second vaccination and producing a large population of people with partial immunity who drive new strain emergence.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-18 12:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- people skipping the second vaccination

Or it just not being available for them to get after this first month of shots. Trump's Disaster Roll-Out is the gift that keeps on giving.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-18 12:35 PM | Reply

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