A new coronavirus variant has made its way to Florida. Here’s what you need to know
A coronavirus variant discovered in Colombia has appeared in Florida, which is seeing a surge in cases
A coronavirus variant originally discovered in Colombia has made its way to South Florida, and health officials expressed concern about what it means for unvaccinated people, according to The Washington Post.
What is the Florida variant?
- Migoya said there is a lot of travel between Colombia and Miami, which is why the South Florida city has seen a rise in the variant.
- The B.1.621 variant has not received a Greek-letter designation, which has often gone to COVID-19 variants.
Is the B.1.621 variant dangerous?
We don’t know. Cases of the variant first popped up in January, The Washington Post reported. There have been 16 cases of the B.1.621 variant in the United Kingdom as well. Many of the cases were linked to international travel, according to The Washington Post.
- Public Health England said there is no evidence the variant causes more severe disease or makes vaccines less effective.
- Per The Washington Post, health experts said they will keep an eye on the variant as the fall season begins.
Florida sees rise in hospitalizations
The variant is hitting Florida as the state experiences a new COVID-19 hospitalization record, per ABC News. In fact, the state’s largest hospital system has had to limit visitors and expand COVID-19 units to help people suffering from COVID-19.