California announced the second confirmed case of the new coronavirus variant after Colorado confirmed its first case in the U.S.
California has also reported its first case of a more contagious coronavirus variant and the second confirmed case in the U.S after Colorado. The California Governor Gavin Newsom, speaking in an online conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said that the case had been confirmed in Southern California. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said in a briefing that a 30-year-old man in the county with no travel history tested positive for the new strain. This suggests the variant could be more transmissible but not more likely to sicken or kill, but is quickly spreading in some communities in the U.S.
Scientists are uncovering more about this variant to understand better how easily it transmits and whether current vaccines would protect people against the virus. Currently, there is no indication that this variant would cause more severe illness or risk of death. New information about the virologic, epidemiologic, and clinical characteristics of the variants are rapidly emerging.
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