Raleigh, NC – At least three cases of a COVID-19 variant originating in the United Kingdom were detected in North Carolina.
Medical experts say the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in December, is more contagious but no more deadly than COVID-19. According to the CDC, 195 cases of the UK version have been detected in 21 US states on 22 January.
The Guilford County Division of Public Health confirmed a positive COVID-19 B.1.1.7 type case in Guilford County on 27 January, according to a press release, and another UK strain in Ondallo County, WITN News reported The matter was stated. 11 January
Earlier this month, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services identified the first case of versioning in an adult in Mecklenburg County.
Dr. Eulia Vaughan, Guilford County Public Health Director, said the county is conducting contact tracing and “will continue to monitor the matter heavily.”
According to officials, the current COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be effective against the new variant, but wearing three W-wash hands, masks and waiting 6 feet apart – is more important than ever.
Mandy Cohen, secretary of the NCDHHS, said, “As long as expected, this COVID-19 variant is being identified in North Carolina, especially at a time when we are already seeing a large number of cases. Huh.”
State health officials advise people to stay home except for essential activities and avoid people who do not live with you, especially from gathering outside the home.
If you travel a whole lot or want to be with people you don’t live with, test beforehand, keep it short and out and always wear a mask.