New Study Says UK’s Super-COVID Has ‘Got Its Hooks Deep Into America’ And Is Spreading Rapidly

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There are at least 700 cases of the UK variant known as B 1.1.7. in the U.S., a analysis of state and federal data reveal 

 * There are at least 700 cases of the UK variant known as B 1.1.7. in the U.S., state and federal data reveal 
 * A new study found that B.1.1.7 was present in 0.2% of cases in the U.S. in October, and was found to be present 3.6% at the end of January 
 * Researchers found the new variant’s prevalence among positive test results is increasing, doubling every 10 days across the country 
 * Cases involving the new variant are most prevalent in Florida and California, doubling every nine days and 12 days, respectively 
 * With B 1.1.7. appearing to be 30 to 45 percent more transmissible, experts says the findings provide more evidence that a spring surge is inevitable 
 * But cases and hospitalizations are declining in the US, with just 86,928 new cases of the virus recorded on Monday – the first time since November 3 that the daily number of infections has been a five-figure number 
 * Currently, 81,439 Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19, a 38% decline from the peak of more than 132,000 hospitalizations seen on January 6 
Cases of the ‘super COVID’ variant that originated in the UK are spreading rapidly across the United States, a new study claims. 
Researchers estimate that the variant, known as B 1.1.7., is between 35 percent and 45 percent more transmissible than strains seen earlier on in the pandemic. 
Because of its more contagious nature, infections of the variant in the U.S. appear to be doubling about every 10 days. 
As to what is my take. I am not an expert, but I think these new variants are going to be with us for a long time (albeit with low numbers of infections and deaths) …. New variants raise worry about COVID-19 virus reinfections (AP), and we will have to be very careful for the next year or two.