Coronavirus has multiple strains and has evolved 2-to-3 times since the beginning of the pandemic situation. The new COVID-19 (B.1.1.7) that occurs for the first time in Great Britain is now showing up in other countries worldwide. Furthermore, the new-strain is highly transmissible and contagious.
The formation of the coronavirus vaccine does provide hope for normal-life without the pandemic situation. However, the hope fades away as scientists discover that the COVID-19 viral strain mutates to form new more-contagious virus-strains.
Multiple countries controlled the spread of the virus in its initial phase by imposing lockdown or curfew. Doctors across the globe; recommend that people follow the precautionary measures set by WHO (under the guidance of experts).
Life is not easy, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and it causes an effect on the mental and physical health of many individuals. Testing for coronavirus diagnosis has to occur on a large scale. Specific tests for old and new strains of COVID-19 are also required to diagnose which viral-strain is responsible for the infection. However, the symptoms of both the old and new coronavirus are the same.
As the coronavirus continues to evolve, scientists and researchers need to do more work to learn facts about it. Furthermore, research is always under process to learn anything new about viral contagiousness, transmissibility, impact on health, and possible treatment for its infection, and much more.
Formulation of the coronavirus vaccine also took months to reach its final form. The vaccine is effective against the old strain, and further investigations suggest that it is efficacious against the new-strain. Fortunately, the vaccine can now fight against strains of coronavirus.
New Coronavirus Strain Reaches Tennessee
The Tennessee Department of Health confirms two cases of the new COVID-19 strain. A new contagious-virulent variant strain of coronavirus has caused infection in more than 20 states across the country. Of the seven specimens sent to the CDC for confirmation, two-specimens were positive and contained variant coronavirus strains.
According to Dr. William Schaffner, the testing procedure needs modification to diagnose the new coronavirus strain as a nasal swab test is not sufficient to detect its presence. Further, he adds that specialized laboratories are looking for a new strain presence in specimens.
Moreover, according to Schaffner, the new strain of COVID-19 is more lethal and contagious but has the same symptoms as the old ones. The doctor recommends following the old precautionary measures for individuals. So that individuals can protect themselves against the old and new strains of coronavirus.
B.1.1.7 The Variant COVID-19 Strain
The mutant strain is known as B.1.1.7 strain-of SARS-CoV-2. The CDC confirms its presence in multiple states across the country. Further, the CDC believes that the variant strain is more transmissible and it will spread quickly to become the dominant COVID-19 strain.
According to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, B.1.1.7 spreads 70 percent more quickly than the old strain. The new variant coronavirus causes infections in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Japan, Lebanon, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
There are multiple questions regarding the virus in the mind of the population. One of these questions is whether the vaccine is effective against this strain. The COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers ensure that their vaccine is effective against both strains of coronavirus.
Moreover, the spreading rate is fast, and symptoms are similar to old strain. Thus, old precautionary measures are essential to follow individuals need to make sure they wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Furthermore, washing hands frequently and sanitizing more often is equally vital. Individuals must avoid gatherings and unnecessary going out of their homes.