New evidence suggest the new variant is more deadly
January 22, 2021
Friday’s UK coronavirus briefing by Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his press briefing today stated there is some evidence that the new variant of the virus is associated with higher mortality. Additionally, it has been confirmed as being more infectious.
Several new COVID variants have been identified in several countries around the word, first in the UK, then South Africa, Australia and Brazil.
In the press brief it was explained that the average man 60 and over has the risk of dying with the original virus is 10 in 1,000 cases. New evidence suggests the risk with the new variant is 13 or 14 deaths in 1,000 cases but more studies are needed to confirm. A UK government scientist has stated evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be up to 50% more deadly.
Although the new vaccines will work against the new UK variant there is concern about their effectiveness against variants from South Africa and Brazil. With so much still unknown and the new variants emerging all over the world even people who have had a vaccine should adhere to social distancing. The vaccine prevents severe disease but may not prevent people catching and spreading the virus so wearing a mask and distancing is still particularly important.
In the US, the new variant has been discovered in multiple states and before long it will become the standard virus over taking the first strain. Precautions must be taken including improving indoor air with proven air disinfection system to minimize the spread of COVID-19.