NATIONAL LEVEL – A new warning from top US health officials on coronavirus variants, as a new report suggests those mutations could lead to a “rapid rise” in COVID-19.
What you need to know
- COVID-19 variant is more communicable, officials say
- Dr. Anthony Fauci urges Americans to get vaccinated
- Learn more about the study here and here.
While COVID-19 cases are declining in the US, new reports from the CDC warn that COVID mutations could cause a “rapid increase” in coronavirus cases.
In a report, researchers from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health detailed cases of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom.
Previous data suggested that the variant, which may be more transmissible, could become the predominant variant in the United States in March and authorities are urging people to take steps to reduce the spread.
“When it’s your turn to get vaccinated, get vaccinated. Not only is it good for you, your family, and your community, it will have a huge impact on the dynamics of the outbreak in our country,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci. director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a press conference on COVID-19 at the White House on Wednesday, February 17.
Fauci now says it could be until May or June when all Americans will have access to the vaccine.