The lack of covid testing capability in the United States may mean that new, highly communicable coronavirus viruses that are emerging for the first time in the United Kingdom are already doing their work through communities throughout the US.
It was Dr. Medical Director of the Special Pathogen Unit at Boston Medical Center. According to Nahid Bhadelia.
“To find that stress, all we need to do is take a percentage of the samples that have been diagnosed and do an in-depth genetic analysis, and (In) America, our capacity is not great, “the doctor of infectious diseases told “The News with Shepard Smith” on Monday. “If the tension is here, we can miss it because the holes in our net are too wide.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the new version has not been detected in the US
However, the agency said that out of 17 million infections in the country, only 51,000 have sequenced the virus. The United Kingdom recorded the most sequences with 125,00. Infections in Britain hit their second-largest daily total on Christmas Eve, with the country confirming 39,036 new Kovid-19 cases that day.
Starting Monday, the US will be required to show evidence of a negative Kovid-19 test to all passengers flying from the UK amid growing concerns about the new version of the virus.
Dr. Bhadelia, who is also a medical contributor to NBC News, said the measures were not enough.
“You can still have people who were negative during the test, and boarded the plane, and later turned positive, so I think the test needs to be linked to some sort of quarantine,” she said. .
Japan has taken more stringent measures and halted all foreign national arrivals. There have been cases of rapidly spreading mutations in more than a dozen countries, including Canada, France, South Africa, Australia, Japan and South Korea.
Health experts in the UK and US noted that the new version appears to be more variable, but there is no evidence that it is more fatal. Dr. Bhadalia warned that conclusions should not make people complacent when it comes to new tensions.
“The problem is that even though we don’t think it increases mortality, the fact that it can be transmitted more easily is also a concern because the more people are infected, The more people eventually end up in hospitals. ” And potentially demise, ”she said.