What’s going on?
- The variant is reportedly “scattered in the Northeast,” per CNN.
Per The New York Times, the New York City variant first appeared in November 2020. By the middle of November, the variant accounted for 1 in 4 cases.
The findings come from two separate studies — one published online by Caltech, the other published privately and not made public.
- Neither of the studies has been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal, though, according to The New York Times. Experts insist the variant is real, though.
Why are experts worried?
Experts are worried that variants continue to pop up. But there’s also concern that this COVID-19 variant is actually evading the coronavirus vaccine, according to The New York Times.
- “It’s not particularly happy news,” Michel Nussenzweig, an immunologist at Rockefeller University, told The New York Times. “But just knowing about it is good because then we can perhaps do something about it.”
- “Given the involvement of E484K or S477N, combined with the fact that the New York region has a lot of standing immunity from the spring wave, this is definitely one to watch.”
The New York variant is only one of several new mutations popping up across the world. Variants found in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil have made the headlines. The California coronavirus variant has also been spreading increasingly fast across the country, as I wrote for the Deseret News.