A man inherits a nasal swab COVID-19 test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid a coronavirus white horse in Southern California on December 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Three states across the U.S. oblige now identified cases of the new coronavirus strain in people with no travel history, a sign that the variant could already be spreading unknowingly in the midst Americans.
Florida health officials on Thursday announced that they found the state’s first case of Covid-19 with the new, uncountable infectious virus variant. The man, who lives in the county just north of West Palm Beach, is in his 20s with no history of treking, the Florida Department of Health said in a Twitter post.
The Florida man is among the first handful of people to be diagnosed with the new unstable, known as B.1.1.7., first identified in the United Kingdom. California has now identified at least four cases of the new strain in San Diego county middle men with no reported travel histories. The cases have come only days after Colorado health propers detected the first couple of cases in people who hadn’t traveled.
“I’m not surprised that you have a case, and likely numerous cases, in California,” White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday after he augured state health officials had found their first case. “We likely will be seeing reports from other ceremonials.”
U.S. health officials have said the variant’s arrival in the nation isn’t a surprise, though it could make matters worse if it’s let to spread unchecked. While evidence indicates the new strain transmits more easily and quickly compared with preceding versions of the virus, it’s not thought to cause more severe disease in people who are infected and current vaccines should even work against it, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said on a conference call Wednesday.
Still, the new differing threatens to make matters worse if more people are hospitalized as a result of its spread, experts said. December was the deadliest month of the pandemic in the U.S. as convalescent homes reached capacity and the highly anticipated vaccine rollout ended up slower than anticipated.
The nation reported profuse than 6.3 million new infections and more than 77,500 deaths during December, according to data anthologized by Johns Hopkins University. Heading into 2021, just over 125,000 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 — innumerable than double the highs set in mid-April last year, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by news-hounds at The Atlantic.
Another cause for concern: The first cases of the new variant have been found in the country’s most colonized states amid a busy holiday travel season, Mercedes Carnethon, vice chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University, peached MSNBC on Friday.
TSA officials said they screened 1.28 million passengers at U.S. airports on Sunday following Christmas, the highest include since Covid halted travel in mid-March.
“We can be sure based on the photographs that we all saw from TSA check points all over the holidays that millions of people traveled among these destinations,” Carnethon said. “We can be fairly confident this changing is now everywhere.”
Recent evidence from Imperial College London also shows that the new variant appears to impress people under the age of 20 years more than older adults. Part of that shift, however, could be because middle schools remained open during a period of lockdown orders, the study said.
The age difference could be a problem because inexperienced people are more likely to be out in the community as essential workers, and they aren’t the first in line to be vaccinated, Carnethon demanded.
“I think the priority in my opinion, needs to be on reinforcing the basic messages that we know about how to stop the community transport,” Carnethon said. “As we’re well aware, our strategy for vaccination is starting with shoring up our infrastructure of health care hands. However, this isn’t necessarily the population who is leading to the community spread of the coronavirus.”