Highly contagious COVID-19 variant identified in New Mexico
We are now with ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton today to talk about the latest about Cove in 19 in the United States. Thanks for doing this, Doctor. Let’s start with the latest on this new variant now appearing in the US. What do we learn about it and how easily does it spread? Let’s first take a big picture here. Viruses mutate to live. So simply the message that there is a new variant worm or this virus has been mutated at least 23 times since we were introduced to it. Not every mutation or variant makes it worse, but there is some evidence in the UK that this new variant is more transmissible, much more transmissible by approx. 50 to 70% Researchers still looking at it. But if that is the case, it’s a massive concern here, just based on the number of shares, more infected will mean more hospitalizations and more deaths. It is also a problem. They will also look at whether the new variant is still susceptible to the vaccine or to natural immunity for people who have had other strains. Other variants of SARS. Kobe too. So still. Ah very toe learn. Still many unknowns, but there are some regarding features here. To be sure you touched on this doctor Ashton whether the current vaccines might work on this new variant that is still left to see. Is that right? Well, right now there are no indications that it does not, but they are actively looking at it. And that brings to the fore. Ah, bigger question, Which is that here in the US we’re doing the genetic sequencing. It is called, which really looks at the genetic fingerprint from the viruses that we see less than 1% of all samples. So it’s hard to answer something if you do not know it is there. So when you hear about isolated cases, there have been reports of this variant in this or that condition, every infectious disease, public health and epidemiologist that I have talked to has said if it is in the UK, if it is in Canada, is here and probably in very large numbers. We just do not perform the kind of monitoring that we can pick up on it. Some people in priority groups are starting to get their second dose of the vaccine right now, but the rollout has seen some bumps nationally. How? How could these be smoothed out? Well, we’ve been saying that for a while. You know, there was the science and timeline of the discovery of a vaccine and then the manufacture, which was carried out in Siris and parallel, um, to save time. And then there was the rollout, and the steps in the rollout involved not only shipping and distribution, but administration. And to be crystal clear, we need to increase the pace and do it quickly if we are to make a buck in the approximately 300,000 new cases of cooperation that we see in this country every single day. So yes, it is important to have these groups and these phases, but there is a lot of vaccine sitting right now in many freezers around the country that could go in people’s arms as desired and we need to figure out a way to operationalize this system in a much better and more efficient way and do it fast. And Dr. Ashton, of course, just got out of the holiday season and there is concern about that delay. Do you see a peak two weeks after the holiday or Moorhouse, how long before you think we can see that holiday wave? Well, there’s always that delay. It is typically around two weeks after exposure that you begin to see these numbers increase. But again, we are talking about an incubation period of up to 14 days. People who traveled last week, um, had to either be tested or quarantined or both. Do as much as you can to do more, not less, because there is so much bay right now in society, in households and people who are getting sick. And then you talk about another 2 to 3 weeks delay time for hospitalizations and then deaths after that. So we may not see the real impact and impact on holiday travel and meet and celebrate before the end of January. And where we are right now is in critical condition. So it’s hard to imagine these numbers getting worse. Yes, frustrating, actually. Can I ask you about vitamin D and co-end to see some medical headlines about it? Ah, some things that people who catch it seemed to be low and vitamin D, and also that vitamin D can help people fight it. So we talked a lot about it on our show. GM A. Three What you need to know from the beginning of this pandemic, clinical trials are underway and much is being studied about the effects. Possible effects of vitamin D three on coID There is existing data on the effect of vitamins on reducing the risk of other respiratory infections, Um, in terms of the way it reduces inflammation and improves our immune function. But right now there is no verdict, no official recommendation that vitamin D can prevent or treat Cove in 19. What we do know is that many people who have died from Covert 19 are also connected in groups that tend to have low levels. So black and brown people, overweight people, the elderly at DSO. We need to make our observation and attachment in medicine and science before we begin to go to cause and effect. And right now there is no existing causal link that recommends any kind of connection between vitamin D three and hidden 19. Prevention or treatment Got one last question. You’re talking about there being so much bay in the country right now. And now this variant and kind of bump in the vaccine is rolling out. I think a lot of us in the public eye were looking forward to, maybe, the early summer about things that kind of normalized. Will this just extend that timeline? You know, no one has a crystal ball and I’m in it. I talk regularly with dr. Anthony Fauci and other top public health officials. And you know, right now it’s just too early to look too far down the road when we have a situation right now in the present that we need to address on DSO that is very much needed to happen between now and then . So when people are trying to get their vaccines right now, just check what you can control, which means postponing or postponing or rearranging everything that is not important right now. You do not want to take any chances at this time. Especially with the vaccine so close to so many people. So close. Yes. Doctor Ashton. Thank you so much for your time this afternoon. We appreciate it. Thanks for having me
Highly contagious COVID-19 variant identified in New Mexico
The Department of Health has identified the first case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant. The B.1.1.7 variant was found in a man in his 60s associated with traveling to the UK in December. The man is currently recovering from a mild illness, no hospitalization was required. At this time, officials with DOH have not identified any close contact in the state. The variant is not thought to be more deadly than the current COVID-19 virus, but it is thought to be much more contagious. Click here >> to visit our special section COVID-19
The Department of Health has identified the first case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant.
The B.1.1.7 variant was found in a man in his 60s associated with traveling to the UK in December.
The man is currently recovering from a mild illness, no hospitalization was required.
At this time, officials with DOH have not identified any close contact in the state.
The variant is not thought to be more deadly than the current COVID-19 virus, but it is thought to be much more contagious.
Click here >> to visit our special section COVID-19