‘’I am not surprised that you have a case, and likely more cases in California. We likely will be seeing reports from other states,’’ Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert told Gov. Gavin Newsom in a video call.
The California patient with the variant, usually called strain B.1.1.7, is a San Diego man with no travel history. He developed symptoms on Sunday and was last tested on Tuesday last week according to the San Diego County Health Officials. He was isolated but they never hospitalized him.
Doctors believe the variant to be more transmissible but there is no indication at all that it increases the virulence. The virulence of a viral disease refers to its ability to make a person sick or kill them.
The member of the Colorado National Guard found with the strain was sent to a nursing home dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. However, both the patients that were discovered to have the variant and those being suspected to have it, all have no travel history outside the United States.
This also shows that the variant could have already spread amongst the citizens unknowingly.
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