The One Scary Thing All 3 Cases of the New COVID Variant Have in Common
Though it's become the dominant variant in numerous parts of the U.K., the new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus has only been confirmed to be in the U.S. for less than a week. The first confirmed case was a man in his 20s in Colorado on Dec. 28, the second was a 30-year-old man in California on Dec. 30, and the latest was a man in his 20s in Florida on Dec. 31. While it's clear these cases share some surface similarities—they're all among men in their 20s or 30s—there's another, more subtle factor they share that hints at how widespread the new variant is: None of them have any travel history.When San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher revealed that his California county had a confirmed case of the new strain, known as B.1.1.7., he said: "Because there is no travel history, we believe this is not an isolated case in San Diego County." And frankly, it's likely not isolated to the three states that have confirmed cases, either. The fact that none of these patients have directly been to the U.K.—or any of the other 30-plus countries where the variant has been found—means it's likely that the new strain is already spreading across the country. It seems the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, MD, was right when he said on Good Morning America on Dec. 22, "You really need to assume that it's here already… I would not be surprised at all if it is already here."Read on to learn more about the new strain and how it could affect you, and for more on what the nation's foremost health agency says, check out The CDC Just Issued This Warning About the New COVID Strain.Read the original article on Best Life.