CDC says UK variant is now the dominant coronavirus strain in US
The CDC's Director tells us that she's concerned about the possibly more dangerous strain of coronavirus, B.1.1.7
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- The CDC’s Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday that the coronavirus variant first found in the United Kingdom is now the most common strain of the coronavirus in the United States.
“Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States,” Walensky said at the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing.
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There have been studies that showed this UK variant, B.1.1.7, to be more contagious and possibly more dangerous than the original strain.
At this time, there are 16,275 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant in the US, the CDC says.