HealthDay Reports: New Coronavirus Strain More Contagious, Scientists Say
Scientists report that the new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 appeared back in February in Europe, came to the East Coast of the United States and has now been the dominant strain of the virus around the world since mid-March.
New Coronavirus Strain More Contagious, Scientists Say
WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new, mutated strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has become dominant and appears to be more contagious than the strain that spread during the early stages of the pandemic, scientists report.
They said the new strain appeared in February in Europe, spread to the East Coast of the United States and has been the dominant strain worldwide since mid-March, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The new strain spreads faster and may make people susceptible to a second COVID-19 infection, but it does not appear to be more deadly, according to the genetic study posted Thursday on BioRxiv, a website used by researchers use to share their work before it's reviewed by peers.