On January 14, local time, according to the Daily Mail, a research team at Carbondale University in Southern Illinois in the United States discovered a third variant of the new coronavirus in the United States, and said that it may be the easiest to spread so far. A virus.
Data map: At a self-service new coronavirus testing station in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California, a woman obtains a test sample from her mouth. Photo courtesy of Xinhua News Agency
It is reported that the virus first appeared in Houston, Texas in May 2020. Scientists say that this mutant virus is most common in the northern part of the Midwest of the United States. At least 50% of US cases may be caused by this virus, but it has not spread widely in other countries.
Earlier, according to Reuters, on the 13th local time, scientists at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announced that two new strains of the new coronavirus have been discovered in Columbus. Both of these strains may be It is a variant that occurred in the United States.
According to the Washington Post, Fauci, the chief expert on the new coronavirus in the United States, said in an interview that the rise in the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States is similar to the curve of the epidemic in the United Kingdom, so it is possible that there may be a situation like the mutant virus strain found in the United Kingdom. Fauci pointed out that it is possible that the United States has produced indigenous mutant strains, which are more likely to spread for Americans.
The chief scientific officer of Ohio Wexner Medical Center and associate dean of research at Ohio State University, Moeller, is concerned that the biggest question is whether these mutations will invalidate vaccines and current treatments. But he also said, “There is no data to believe that these mutations will have any impact on the effectiveness of the vaccines currently used.” Moeller hopes that the public will “not overreact to this new variant” until more data is available.
China’s disease control: the face of virus mutations requires greater efforts to prevent and control the epidemic
On the afternoon of January 13, the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council held a press conference to introduce the recent situation of the prevention and control of the new crown pneumonia epidemic and medical treatment. At the meeting, Feng Zijian, deputy director of the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, introduced that the increased infectivity and transmission capacity of the new mutant virus will bring about the main impact that the prevention and control measures taken against the virus should be strengthened accordingly. If the previous prevention and control measures were 10 points If so, we will now take 12 or 15 points to prevent and control.
The specific measures do not require new adjustments. The current very strict personnel entry management, 14-day quarantine on landing, and strengthening of nucleic acid screening are not affected. Personal prevention also needs to wear masks and personal hand hygiene. After the outbreak occurs, the current series of effective measures are adopted. As long as it is implemented, high-intensity, resolute and strong, it can still effectively prevent its further spread.