- A new strain of the novel corona virus that is spreading from Europe to the United States is more contagious than its predecessor, but it doesn’t make people sick than before. This emerges from a new global study that CNN first reported.
- The researchers named the new strain G614 and the previous strain D614. One of the researchers who worked on the study told CNN that the new mutation “is now the dominant form that infects humans.”
- “Our global tracking data shows that the G614 variant in Spike has spread faster than D614,” the study says. “We interpret this to mean that the virus is probably more contagious. Interestingly, we have found no evidence that G61
- The study comes from the fact that the United States is facing another outbreak of the coronavirus after several states were reopened earlier than recommended.
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A new strain of the novel coronavirus that is spreading from Europe to the United States is more contagious than its predecessor, according to a new global study published in Cell magazine and first reported by CNN.
Erica Ollmann Saphire, a researcher at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology who worked on the study, told CNN that the mutation “is now the dominant form that infects humans.”
“That is now the Virus, “added Sapphires. The researchers name the new mutation of the virus that causes a disease known as COVID-19, G614. The previous strain is called D614.
“Our global tracking data shows that the G614 variant in Spike has spread faster than D614,” the study says. “We interpret this to mean that the virus is probably more contagious. Interestingly, we have found no evidence that G614 has an impact on the severity of the disease.”
“Until March 1, 2020, the G614 variant was rare outside Europe, but by the end of March it had increased in frequency worldwide,” they wrote. “The increase in the G614 frequency often continues even after an order has been placed at home and after the subsequent two-week incubation period.”
The United States is currently experiencing a resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak after several states across the country have started reopening despite not meeting one or more of the White House guidelines for reopening.
According to the guidelines of the White House, states should either have a two-week drop in new cases or a two-week drop in their proportion of positive coronavirus tests before reopening. According to the New York Times, 18 of the 30 states that reopened after May 7 continued to see daily increases in new cases, while nine of the 30 states saw no decrease in their proportion of positive tests.
Six states were reopened without meeting any of the criteria: Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Iowa.
The USA reported 51,842 new cases on Friday. This is the third time in a row that the country has reported more than 50,000 new infections.
Florida, Texas, Arizona and California reported record new cases this week. According to CNN, Florida reported nearly 9,500 new cases on Friday, and Texas reported 7,555 new cases after reporting around 8,000 new cases on two consecutive days.
The World Health Organization declared the novel corona virus a pandemic in March. The U.S. has reported a total of 2,795,437 cases of the disease and 129,438 deaths since the disease gained a foothold in the country in January.
Several states have interrupted their reopening plans to curb the spread of the disease, while others have taken additional precautions to ensure that no new cases recur within their borders. Earlier this week, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut announced that people from eight states with a large number of new cases would need to be quarantined for two weeks.
The European Union has now banned all travelers from the US as it begins to carefully reopen its borders, as EU officials don’t believe the country has adequately controlled the outbreak of the corona virus. Travelers from Brazil and Russia are also not allowed to enter the region.