Experts continue to worry about the new COVID-19 variant that was originally discovered in the United Kingdom.
- The new variant has popped up across the U.S. in recent weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found more than 50 cases of the new COVID-19 variant in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and New York.
Experts worry about the spread
Experts continue to express worry about the variant, saying it would lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country in the next few weeks. Experts recently told The Washington Post that we’re in a race against time.
- National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told The Washington Post on Wednesday: “I would be surprised if that doesn’t grow pretty rapidly.”
- Greg Armstrong, the leader of the strain surveillance program at the CDC, told the Post: “Here at the CDC, we’re definitely taking this seriously, and we’re assuming for now that this variant is more transmissible.” The British variant “is probably not in every state at this point, but I think in a lot of states.”
- Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told The Washington Post: “We are in a race against time. We need to increase our speed in which we act so that we don’t allow this virus to spread further and allow this variant to become the dominant one in circulation. The clock is ticking.”
A look to the future
- “There are some estimates that the new variant probably represents about 1% of all infections in this country. By March, it’s going to be the majority of infections.”