Colorado has announced it will discover the first US case of the super-COVID strain, first found in the UK.
Unveiled the worrying news in a tweet, Governor Jared Polis wrote, “Today we discovered Colorado's first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK. The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will be monitoring this case as well as any COVID-19 indicators very closely. & # 39;
An accompanying statement said the Colorado State Laboratory confirmed the case and notified the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The strain – believed to be 70 percent more contagious – was found in a man in his twenties who "is currently isolated in Elbert County and has no travel history".
B.1.1.7 is not believed to result in more severe cases and higher death rates have been reported.
"There is currently no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness or an increased risk of death," the CDC said on its website.
Governor Jared Polis released this statement stating that the infected person is a man in his twenties who had not traveled
The fact that the man did not travel tells officials that he got the charge from someone else in the US.
The man remains in isolation until he is released by health officials.
The statement adds, "The person has not yet identified close contacts, but public health officials are working to identify other potential cases and contacts through thorough contact tracing interviews."
Polis said: “We don't know much about this new variant of COVID-19, but scientists in the UK are warning the world that it is far more contagious.
Gov. Jared Polis revealed the worrying news in a tweet, writing, "Today we discovered Colorado's first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7."
& # 39; The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will be monitoring the case as well as any COVID-19 indicators very closely.
"We are working to prevent the spread and contain the virus at all levels."
The news comes after millions of people traveled across the United States on vacation to see loved ones.
As of Tuesday, there were 19.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 337,210 deaths in the U.S.
The new variant of the coronavirus was first identified in November and has spread rapidly in the UK, with large parts of England subject to the strictest COVID-19 restrictions.
The mutation known as the B.1.1.7 line can be up to 70 percent more contagious and more worrying to children.
It reportedly accounts for 60 percent of recent infections in London.
The news comes after millions of people traveled across the United States on vacation to see loved ones
The U.S. coronavirus death toll in January could well exceed that of December, warned Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday
It has wreaked havoc in the UK, sparking a wave of travel bans that disrupt trade with Europe and threaten to further isolate the island country.
It has also been detected in France, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Singapore, Australia and Japan.
Japan blocked the entry of foreigners on Monday. This applies until the end of January.
Polis urged people to continue wearing masks, stand three feet apart when meeting others, and only interact with members of their immediate household.
His announcement came on the same day that Dr. Anthony Fauci reiterated concerns about the new strain of coronavirus, which he correctly predicted had already arrived in the United States.
"I can't imagine we won't get it," said Fauci of the new strain.
"The question prevents it from becoming the dominant strain."
Previous officials believe coronavirus vaccines will work against the new strain.
The CDC explains that the new COVID-19 variant has a mutation in the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the spike protein at position 501, where the amino acid asparagine (N) has been replaced by tyrosine (Y).
Coronaviruses mutate regularly and acquire about a new mutation in their genome every two weeks.
Many mutations are described as "silent" because they do not alter the structure of the proteins they encode and produce a three-letter codon that translates into the same amino acid. These mutations are also referred to as "synonymous".
Other mutations can change the codon in a way that results in an amino acid change. and these are known as "non-synonymous" mutations, but this amino acid substitution does not affect the function of the protein.
According to the CDC, B.1.1.7 has 14 non-synonymous mutations, six synonymous and three deletions.
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