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UK variant is now the dominant coronavirus strain in the US, says CDC chief

The coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom is now the most common strain of coronavirus in the United States, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

“Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States,” Walensky said at the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing.

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Studies have suggested that the UK variant is more contagious than the original strain, is possibly more dangerous and associated with a higher risk of death.

There are currently 16,275 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant in the United States, according to the CDC.

The country’s daily rate of new cases rose over most of the last four weeks. Part of that is due to the spread of B.1.1.7 and other concerning variants, Walensky said this week.

Last month, evidence was mounting that the variant was possibly already dominant across the US. At the time, the CDC declined to say if the variant was dominant — but predicted it would be within a few weeks.

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  1. “is possibly more dangerous and associated with a higher risk of death.” – of course it is, or it must be, or it has to be to keep the panic alive and well. So, is the vaccine currently being taken by so many going to work with the new virus or is it like the other flu shot and tied to “last years old news”?

    1. I don’t care if you don’t get vaccinated. Just make sure that you don’t give COVID-19 to someone that doesn’t want it. The vaccines have very high efficacy but it’s not 100% and some people are in very deep trouble if they get it. Gamble all you want, just not with other peoples well being. We understand that you only care about yourself.

      1. Same vulnerable people will die of the common flu every year. What is your plan? Have everyone hide under their beds, wear continuous face diapers, destroy economies so we can save 0.3% from death?

        How about we ban fast food and unhealthy diets. More people die of obesity and heart disease than this “flue”. How about we ban cars? More people die in car accidents every year?

        The logic with liberals and bureaucrats is always the same…..control over every aspect of our lives.

        1. “How about we ban cars? More people die in car accidents every year?”
          Overwhelmingly false. 38k deaths due to auto accidents in 2019, over 500k COVID-19 deaths in a 12-month period.
          Yes, heart disease is nearly 700k/year, but we have decades of research into preventing and treating the different types of heart disease BUT it isn’t a contagious virus.
          The GQP talking points are consistent false-equivalent “arguments” and any rational thinker can see how foolish your train of thought is.

    1. “America’s Frontline Doctors” is a Tea Party Patriots adjunct whose founder and communications director were among those arrested for participating in the Jan. 6 murderous Capitol rampage. Not seeing here that objective medical research is among their top priorities.

  2. Rochelle Walensky and Fauci are drunk with fame. Their 15 minutes was up a year ago. Can we please get some “experts’ that care more about the truth than their twitter followers and national air time?

  3. If you seek out an opinion on the internet that helps reinforce any hint of an idea, no matter how bizarre, you will eventually find it. That article you posted is some truly strange stuff. Just keep shouting into your hall of mirrors for vindication. If, however, you are interested in actually learning something then try to seek out differing opinions from time to time. The truth is usually somewhere in the middle.

  4. Who cares it’s a virus it’s NEVER EVER going away ever oh with a 99%+ survival rate. I haven’t used a mask unless at work only because I need to pay bills and support useless people with my tax money.

  5. FACT TIME… The coronavirus 2019 was first identified in China and was called the Corona China/Wuhan Virus… your link to a historical fact…… More than a year later the Moderator here (B Lerten) takes a national story from CNN and makes a local decision to ban the use of “The China Virus”- he says it’s because of a single complaint. We now have a variant of the virus with a more scientific code name- “the B.1.1.7″… yet the headline screams- “The UK Variant” ! The level of hypocrisy here is surreal ! Lerten bans-removes-censors “China” but will sit back and allow the use of “UK” ! So to be consistent with what he’s stated as being the reason (the policy ?) for banning the word China- a complaint by one person… I will step up and officially complain that the use the UK is unacceptable- racist- and puts white anglo-saxon people at risk for violence and prejudice ! OK- let’s see where this goes… any takers on… “no-where” ???

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