A new mutated form of the coronavirus that is 50% more transmissible than the original and raised concern after it emerged in Britain has arrived in Michigan, according to the state health department.
This variant, known as B.1.1.7. was identified on Saturday in an adult woman living in Washtenaw County who recently traveled to the UK, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The woman’s close contacts have been identified and are in quarantine.
“The discovery of this variant in Michigan is worrying, but unexpected,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and deputy head of health at MDHHS, in a statement. “We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and end this pandemic as quickly as possible. We continue to urge Michiganders to follow a research-based approach by wearing masks properly, maintaining social distance, avoiding crowds, washing your face. hands frequently, and make plans to get a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine once it’s their turn. ”
The mutated virus has been identified in at least 16 states and other jurisdictions in the US
It is believed that the new COVID-19 vaccine will work against mutations, as well as the same safety measures used to fight the original virus: wear a mask that keeps you and other people apart, interact with only one other household, and wash frequently. hand.
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