As if cases COVID-19 ases wracked up in 2020 were not enough, it appears that a new more transmissible variant of COVID is being spread in at least 3 US states.
The first person in the U.S. reported infected with a new variant was identified as a Colorado National Guardsman who had been sent to help out at a nursing home struggling with an outbreak.
And health officials say a second Guard member may be infected, too.
The cases have triggered a host of questions about how the mutant version circulating in England arrived in the U.S. and whether it is too late to stop it now.
Experts say that the new strain likely has been in the US since September is more than likely the cause of the sky-rocketing cases in California. The new strain is 70% more contagious, but does not appear to be more deadly.
— Bubba Buck (@BubbaBuck1) December 30, 2020