Health officials on Tuesday detected a more contagious strain of coronovirus for the first time in Alaska.
In December, an Anchorage resident became infected with a strain of the virus that was originally found in the United Kingdom and could spread more easily among people, the state’s Department of Health said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Anchorage resident was recently in a state where the type of virus was detected. The person started showing symptoms of the virus on 17 December, tested on 20 December and received positive results on 22 December.
After learning of the positive result, the person was isolated, although the person he lived with also became ill. Health officials said in the statement that both have recovered and have not contacted other people.
Public health officials said virus detection in Alaska was not unexpected. The new epidemic spreads faster and more easily among people, the state’s epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said in the department’s announcement.
The Chief Medical Officer of the state, Dr. Anne Zink said in a prepared statement, “We hope that the broadcast of this special edition has come to an end with both of these individuals, but we will soon detect variant strains again.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 293 cases of the virus variant have been detected nationwide so far in 24 different states, including Washington State. However, only a small proportion of cases are indexed across the country to find the strain.
Earlier this month, federal officials at the CDC said the virus variant could become the major pressure of coronaviruses roaming the United States by March.
Stress is not thought to make people sick, but increased transmission of the virus means more people can become infected at once. According to the CDC, it can affect health care systems and lead to more deaths.
The state of Alaska has been indexing COVID-19 cases since March, a way of looking at new variants. A UK variant strain was found at the state’s Virology Lab in Fairbanks, which was confirmed by the University of Alaska’s Fairbanks Lab before the state’s Department of Health notified the CDC of its discovery on Monday.
Health officials continue to stress that to prevent further spread of COVID-19, including new strains, such as staying 6 feet or more from others, covering the face, washing hands, avoiding ceremonies, keeping social bubbles small and isolated Practices are included. It is important to experience symptoms.