How we inform you in The Truth News new variant of COVID-19 known as B.1.1.7 was identified in Britain last month in Kent, a county in southeastern England.
The variant is believed to be more contagious but no more deadly than previous COVID-19 variants, so far it has already been found in at least 33 countries and at least five counties in the United States.
Recently researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh, Public Health England, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the University of Birmingham, and the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium used statistical analysis to assess the link between transmission and frequency of the new variant. of COVID-19 in various regions.
According to a press release describing the study, researchers found that people under the age of 20 make up a higher proportion of cases of B.1.1.7, which the study calls the “worrying variant” (VOC), which people do not.
Despite the finding, the researchers still say it is too early to “determine the mechanism behind this change.”
“They [los investigadores] They explain that it may have been partly influenced by the spread of variants coinciding with a period when the blockade was in effect but schools were open. More research is being done on the specific nature of any changes in the way the virus affects this age group, ”the press release explains.
New variant of COVID-19 spreads faster
Some scientists have also suggested that the new variant of the virus spreads between 50% and 70% faster than other strains.
This particular study estimated that the breeding number of the new variant is between 1.4 and 1.8, which is 0.4 to 0.7 higher compared to other variants of the virus. The reproduction number of an indicator of the number of people expected to be infected by a single person in a homogeneous population.
These analyzes, which have informed UK government planning in recent weeks, show that the concerning new variant, B.1.1.7, has substantially higher transmissibility than previous SARS-CoV-2 viruses circulating in the United Kingdom”.
“This will make control more difficult and further accentuate the urgency to implement vaccination as quickly as possible,” said Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London in the press release.
In addition to the UK variant, another new COVID-19 variant has been identified in South Africa. Call 501.V2, the variant carries mutations in its spike protein, which allow the virus to enter host cells and cause an infection.
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