Ohio Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff mentioned the brand new COVID-19 variant at Gov. Mike DeWine’s press briefing on Tuesday.
Final week, a brand new, extra contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) variant that was first found in the UK was present in Colorado.
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And whereas the B.1.1.7 variant has but to be present in Ohio, the state’s Chief Medical Officer mentioned it is not a matter of “if” however quite “when” will probably be.
“This new variant has reached the USA and can undoubtedly quickly attain Ohio too,” Ohio Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff mentioned throughout Governor Mike DeWine’s press briefing on Tuesday.
Whereas Dr. Vanderhoff mentioned that it’s miles from unusual for a virus to mutate, he did be aware that this variant was price monitoring. Particularly, as a result of the brand new variant is extra contagious, it might result in extra individuals turning into contaminated.
“After we take into consideration any virus, we have now to keep in mind that it’s typical for viruses to alter over time by a course of known as mutation,” Dr. Vanderhoff mentioned. “Most of those virus variants aren’t essential as a result of they do not really change the habits of the virus and plenty of of them simply disappear.
“The brand new U.Okay. variant of the virus referred to as variant B.1.1.7 that is been in lots of information studies is notable as a result of it seems to be extra contagious than different variants. Nevertheless, it does not seem like extra extreme, it does not seem to have an effect on people who find themselves already immune. However, a extra contagious virus worries us as a result of it might result in extra individuals getting sick, extra individuals getting hospitalized, finally, extra individuals dying.”
Consequently, Dr. Vanderhoff confused the necessity for individuals to proceed to take the COVID-19-related security precautions which have been touted because the begin of the pandemic final yr.
“Its look reinforces the significance of our efforts to stop the unfold of COVID — the protection measures and our vaccines,” he mentioned. “Sporting masks, staying at the very least six-feet aside, avoiding crowds and frequent hand-washing. They will all work towards this new variant. And naturally, vaccination, which we stay assured will cowl this pressure very properly can also be essential.”
You may watch Gov. DeWine’s full press briefing within the video participant beneath.