The new strain of the COVID19, which has originated from the UK, has arrived in San Diego County in the US. With the emergence of the new variant, California has become the second state, which has detected the new strain of COVID19. Experts have said that the new strain might be more contagious than the original one. Governor Gavin Newsom has announced the news through a video conference with Anthony Fauci, who is one of the top infectious disease experts in the country. The arrival of the new strain has not surprised Fauci. He has said that the arrival of the new variant of the virus in the country is inevitable. He has said that the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other RNA viruses survive by mutating. Colorado has been the first to detect the new variant of the virus in the US. State health officials have said that two patients have been identified with the new strain of the virus. San Diego health supervisor Nathan Fletcher has said that a 30-year-old man has been diagnosed with a new variant and the person does not have any travel history.
Many experts including the secretary of the state’s Health and Human Services agency, Mark Ghaly have said that the emergence of the new strain is a huge matter of concern. Ghaly has said that as health experts try to know how this person has contracted the new variant virus, it is crucial to continue the efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus and the new variant. He has urged people to travel as little as possible and avoid meeting with people outside the households. Fauci has said that early signs of the new strain indicate that it might be more contagious but it does not make people fall ill severely. Experts have said that the COVID19 vaccine rollout across the nation might be able to provide immunity against the new variant.
Surging cases of COVID19 in California have made the state an epicenter for the countrywide pandemic. Hospitals and intensive care units are trying to arrange alternative care sites for providing medical care to patients. Although the rate of new infections has slowed down a bit, however, the state is yet to suffer from the impact of Christmas and New Year gatherings. Infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci has said that the challenges induced by the COVID19 pandemic have been more difficult than health experts have dealt with during the AIDS or HIV crisis.