Variant of new coronavirus will “hit the United States like a hurricane”

On February 3 local time, the Washington Post reported that as of February 2, 541 cases of b.1.1.7 variant new coronavirus infection had been found in at least 33 states in the United States.
Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Jennifer Nazo, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for health and safety, said the detection of the variant virus in confirmed cases meant “the epidemic prevention and control in the United States has become more urgent.”. “Vaccination, keeping social distance, wearing masks, conducting large-scale nucleic acid testing and tracking close contacts are more important than ever,” Nazo said
At present, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still strengthening gene sequencing, but it has not fully understood the new coronavirus that is spreading. According to a prediction released by the CDC last month, the b.1.1.7 variant virus found in the UK is likely to become the main strain in the United States sometime in March this year.
The mutant virus will “hit the United States like a hurricane”
On January 31, American infectious disease expert Michael osterhom predicted in an interview with NBC that the b.1.1.7 variant new coronavirus discovered in the UK will become the main virus strain in the United States. With the spread of the variant virus, the United States may usher in a “hurricane” like epidemic.
The Guardian reported
Ostholm said that due to the discovery of variant viruses in Britain, South Africa and Brazil, and the spread of these viruses, the United States may face a serious surge of confirmed cases in the next six to 14 weeks, which will become an “unprecedented epidemic”.
Ostholm also said the United States needs to adjust its current vaccination strategy. “Before the arrival of a new epidemic, we need to vaccinate as many Americans as possible to avoid the deterioration of the epidemic caused by various factors and slow down the growth rate of serious cases and deaths in the next few weeks,” he said. The hurricane is coming. We have to think about it
According to the data released by the CDC, as of February 2, more than 50 million doses of the vaccine had been distributed, with a total dose of more than 32 million, compared with the population of more than 320 million in the United States. U.S. media pointed out that the distribution of vaccines in the United States is still very chaotic, many states have reported a shortage of vaccine reserves, and the public are frustrated because they can not get vaccinated smoothly.
Why does the United States lag far behind in tracking mutant viruses?
While researchers around the world are stepping up their research on several variants of the virus, the United States is far behind in its ability to track them.
The Guardian reported
The guardian said in a commentary that the US federal government has been “mired in the mire”, failed to develop an effective monitoring system to track the virus, and lacked the ability to effectively monitor the change of the virus. Several researchers say they have been urging government officials for months to take measures to make more efficient use of high-tech resources in major laboratories. But the federal government has been slow to act, and has not provided scientists with the relevant research budget.
The United States also lags far behind in sharing sequencing results with scientists around the world. According to a study jointly conducted by MIT’s broad Institute and Harvard University, as of January 29, the United States has mapped and shared only 0.3% of the gene sequences of new coronavirus cases, ranking 30th in the world.
Diane Griffin, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University’s School of public health, said: “it’s just an ostrich therapy. It’s a lack of leadership. The federal government has never done anything.”
Epidemiologist Patrick escu said he hoped the federal government would set up an effective genetic monitoring system to regularly check virus samples across the United States. “If we had implemented the corresponding epidemic prevention measures nine or 10 months ago, the situation would be very different now,” he said

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