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There are ‘breeding grounds’ for new COVID-19 variants. Here’s what we know

Could new variants pop up in specific areas?

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There are specific locations across the country where new coronavirus variants will pop up, an expert recently told CNN.

Where will COVID-19 variants show up?

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, recently told CNN that there are new “breeding grounds” for COVID-19 variants.

  • “We’re already starting to see places with low vaccination rates starting to have relatively big spikes from the delta variant. We’ve seen this in Arkansas, Missouri, Wyoming ... those are the places where we’re going to see more hospitalizations and deaths as well, unfortunately,” he said.
  • “And any time you have large outbreaks, it does become a breeding ground for potentially more variants.”

Specifically, the South, Southwest and Midwest are seeing spikes in the novel coronavirus. Specific states where there has been a spike includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to CNN.

Why variants could grow in specific states

Some experts suggest that new COVID-19 variants will develop in areas where there are low vaccination rates, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Specifically, the coronavirus will continue to spread among unvaccinated people, which will then spread to the general population.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser on coronavirus, told CNBC that the best way to stop variants from spreading is to get vaccinated.

The delta variant’s spread is “such a powerful argument” to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Fauci said, as I explained for the Deseret News.