ENC experts on new study that shows seven coronavirus variants in the United States

Published: Feb. 15, 2021 at 7:40 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A recent study released on Valentine’s Day details seven coronavirus variants now in the United States.

The research comes as the U.K strain was confirmed in more than half of the country’s states.

Local medical professionals say, though, it’s important to remember that the emergence of covid-19 variants – wasn’t a surprise.

A new study tracking seven coronavirus variants was published on Sunday. The variants are putting pressure on states to get the vaccine out quicker.

Dr. Paul Cook, the Chief of Infectious Disease at Brody School of Medicine, says the variants will continue until the majority of the country get vaccinated.

One of the main issues here, is how serious are these mutations?

Dr. Cook says this virus mutates like most do, that’s why the vaccine for the influenza virus changes every year to adapt to the new mutations.

The COVID-19 vaccines we have now are made with new technology that’s easy to upgrade, but deciding if the virus has mutated enough that it’s time to modify the vaccine is the main question here.

Medical professionals say that even though the vaccine might not be as effective when it comes to the variants, the vaccine could still prevent against serious complications and symptoms and could also prevent death.

As of February 14th, North Carolina has 23 active cases of the U.K variant and 1 case of the South African variant.

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