New COVID-19 Variant in UK Could Become Dominant in the US by March, CDC Says
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- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the coronavirus strain first identified in the UK may become the dominant strain in the US by March
- According to the CDC study released Friday, the modeled trajectory of the new variant exhibits rapid growth in early 2021
- Researchers warned that increased spread of the variant could add more strain on the nation's health system
- The CDC said enhanced surveillance of the mutating viruses combined with greater adherence to public health measures, such as use of face masks, were enough to stop the spread of the virus
- According to CDC data updated Wednesday, the country has so far recorded only 76 cases of the highly infectious variant
- Global health experts say while the new variant found in the UK seems to spread much faster, they don't appear to make people more sick or increase their risk of dying from COVID-19