The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that the more contagious variant of COVID-19 could be the predominant strain in the U.S. by March.
"The increased transmissibility of the … variant warrants universal and increased compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public," the CDC said.
The new variant of COVID-19, which originated in the U.K., has now been detected in 30 countries. Seventy-six cases have been identified in the U.S. The CDC is urging the U.S. to take measures now to lessen the potential impact of the strain, which includes increasing vaccinations, continuing with physical distancing, wearing masks, and quarantining positive cases.
"These measures will be more effective if they are instituted sooner rather than later," said the CDC.
🔦 Although there is no evidence showing that the new variant is more deadly, it could lead to more cases since it is thought to be more contagious.