Dr. Anthony Fauci is now saying it’s a “possibility” that the United States has a new, mutated strain of the coronavirus, which might be the culprit causing the spike in cases across the country, which had started to drop off in a major way since last April.
Fauci went on to say that the new rise in cases here in America shares a lot of similarities to the fresh outbreak in the United Kingdom where a new strain of the virus was discovered last month.
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“It could be — a possibility — that we have our own mutant that’s being more easily transmissible,” Fauci told The Washington Post on Monday. “We don’t know. We’re looking for it…If you look at the slope of our curve, which is very steep, it looks a bit like the curve in the UK.”
The White House Coronavirus Task Force last week “there may be a USA variant that has evolved here, in addition to the UK variant that is already spreading in our communities,” according to reports obtained by CNN. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it has found no evidence of that a new strain of the virus in in the U.S., while other health experts say the sudden spike in cases could be happening because of other causes.
“Based on scientific understanding of viruses, it is highly likely there are many variants evolving simultaneously across the globe,” a CDC spokesman said in a statement emailed to CNN.
“Additionally, there is a strong possibility there are variants in the United States; however, it could weeks or months to identify if there is a single variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 fueling the surge in the United States similar to the surge in the United Kingdom,” the spokesman went on to say.
“Researchers have been monitoring U.S. strains since the pandemic began, including 5,700 samples collected in November and December. To date, neither researchers nor analysts at CDC have seen the emergence of a particular variant in the United States as has been seen with the emergence of B.1.1.7 in the United Kingdom or B.1.351 in South Africa,” he continued.
The thing is, even if there wasn’t a spike in cases right now, it’s highly unlikely that the government, which has now gotten a taste for the extra power they’ve usurped from the people, would loosen restrictions.
We will likely have to fight like hell to get our lives back to normal. It’s a tragic thing to say, but it’s absolutely true.
If there’s one thing the pandemic has made clear, it’s that those who are in power will do anything that they can to acquire more of it, no matter the price that the people end up paying.