A new strain of COVID-19 has been found in Jackson County MI, and researchers are saying that its origins were found in South Africa.

This new variant also called  B.1.351 ( such a weird name) is more contagious than the normal coronavirus, but experts are saying that the current COVID-19 vaccine might be enough to combat the new strain.

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Cases caused by this variant were reported in the United States at the end of January 2021. B.1.351 is believed to be more contagious, but there has been no indication that it affects the clinical outcomes or disease severity compared to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has been circulating across the United States for months.


Time will only tell what this new variant means. It could just be a blip on the radar going towards complete herd immunity. Or, we could be looking at a long and drawn-out 2021...


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