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COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – DHEC reported that the individual lately recognized with the B117 coronavirus in South Carolina has a historical past of worldwide journey.
This individual is from the Lowcountry, DHEC reported.
The B117 pressure spreads extra simply than others, in line with the CDC, and shortly turned the dominant pressure within the UK, the place it was first recognized. The CDC lately predicted that the B117 pressure would be the predominant pressure within the US in March.
Docs say that the brand new mutation enters our our bodies and attaches itself extra shortly to our receptors. “What’s distinctive about this pressure is that it infects folks a lot sooner,” mentioned Dr. Vázquez Augusta, Chief of Infectious Illnesses at Augusta College.
There isn’t any proof that this variant causes extra critical sickness or elevated danger of demise, or has an affect on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’ve got to imagine that this new variant is all over the place proper now,” mentioned Dr. Tim Murphy, director of the UB Institute of Scientific and Translational Sciences.
Officers from the South Carolina Division of Well being and Environmental Management held a briefing this afternoon to offer an replace on COVID-19, in addition to the state’s vaccine implementation efforts.
COVID-19 Doctor and Medical Director Dr. Michael Kacka offered the briefing.