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Covid-19 virus variants spread

UK virus variant is the most prevalent in US. Young people driving rise in Covid-19 infections.

Where: USA

The Facts

▪ Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, said the prevalence of variants of concern (VOC) is increasing.

▪ The UK variant is the most dominant VOC in the US.

▪ CDC data shows 19,554 cases have been reported showing the variant B.1.1.7 (UK variant).

▪ The B.1.1.7 variant, initially detected in the UK, was first identified in the US in Dec. 2020.

▪ Walensky said in a briefing, the rise in youth sports and extra-curricular activities were contributing to the steady increase in cases.

▪ A virus with one or more new mutations is called a variant.

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