The state’s health department confirmed today that its laboratories division has detected the SARS-CoV-2 variant L452R.
Officials said the coronavirus virus was first detected in Denmark in March 2020 and is now found in more than a dozen US states. The Center for Disease Control and Protection has warned that it will likely become a major variant in the country by March.
Although science has not shown the L452R variant more quickly or is more of a threat than other COVID-19 strains, officials said that is a concern because it escalates in many cases, including several large outbreaks – in California. Has been
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“It is common to detect variants of viruses such as COVID-19. Some are at greater risk than others, ”said Dr. in a news release. Sarah Cambe, acting state epidemiologist, said. “We are working with our partners in other states as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about the features of this special edition.”
The laboratories division of the department began genome sequencing in June to look for possible COVID-19 variants and now examines 75 samples a week. It has also developed a testing algorithm designed to find variants after arrival.
Officials said the B.1.1.7 variant was first found in the United Kingdom and the B.1.351 variant was first found in South Africa, both having “increased communicability”. Nor has it been discovered yet in Hawaii.
Health Director Dr. “Hawaii is not free from new tensions,” Elizabeth Char said in a statement. “The arrival of L452R reminds us that we should wear masks, maintain physical distance from people outside our home and avoid crowds. These safe practices, coupled with COVID-19 vaccines, will help us prevent the spread. “