What You Need to Know About the New Strain of COVID-19 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a new variant of COVID-19 has been reported in the United States. Referred to as B.1.1.7, this strain of the coronavirus was identified in the United Kingdom before it was detected in the United States.
 
Thus far, knowledge of this new COVID-19 strain is minimal, though health experts believe that the new strain of COVID-19 may be up to 50% more contagious than the more common strain. However, according to the CDC, there is not yet evidence that this variant causes more severe illness or an increased risk of death than the standard COVID-19 strain.
 
Health experts believe the COVID-19 vaccine should have similar efficacy on B.1.1.7 as the common COVID-19 strain, though there is limited knowledge on the topic.
 

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