Four extra circumstances of the extra infectious U.Okay. variant of the coronavirus, generally known as B.1.1.7, have been present in LA County, bringing the whole quantity of circumstances to 12.
But in response to questions from the NBC4 I-Team, the director of Public Health stated there may probably be many extra circumstances right here than have been recognized.
“These more infectious variants can in fact become the more dominant virus that circulates” in LA County, director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer stated Wednesday.
Ferrer stated the county is simply analyzing, referred to as “sequencing,” solely about 60 out of greater than 15,000 constructive COVID assessments every week in LA County.
“Only a very small fraction of cases are sequenced,” Ferrer stated. The Public Health director made the disclosures the day after an NBC4 I-Team report revealing that at the very least 5 extra variants of the virus have been recognized in California.
A workforce of researchers monitoring mutations throughout the nation simply launched a examine figuring out seven variants throughout the U.S.
Five of the seven new variants are believed to already be in California. Joel Grover reported on NBC4 News on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.
“It’s absolutely normal” for a virus to have a number of variants or mutations without delay, stated Dr. Jeremy Kamil of Louisiana State University, who co-authored the examine.
The excellent news is that researchers consider the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now being administered are efficient towards all seven variants discovered within the U.S.
“Those vaccines that we have now protect people against the worst outcomes, which are hospitalization and death,” stated Dr. Kamil.
So far, LA County has not recognized the infectious South African or Brazilian mutations of the virus in LA County.
But Public Health officers warn these may already be right here.
“It is highly likely that there are other variants that have been identified in other places, that are also circulating here,” stated Ferrer.