British variant of coronavirus spreads rapidly in the United States

Variante británica del coronavirus se propaga rápidamente en Estados Unidos

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The coronavirus variant, COVID-19, which was first found in the United Kingdom and is considered more contagious and even more deadly, is spreading rapidly in the United States, doubling approximately every 10 days, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

By analyzing half a million coronavirus tests and hundreds of genomes, a team of researchers predicted that within a month this variant could become predominant in the United States, potentially leading to an increase in new cases and an increased risk of death, reported The New York Times.

The research offers the first nationwide look at the history of the variant, known as B.1.1.7, since it arrived in the United States in late 2020. Given this, researchers have since pointed out that it could become predominant in March if it behaved as it did in Great Britain, a fact that would be confirmed by this study.

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