A new version of COVID-19 is being introduced in the United States. However, Nebraska is the only state that reports it so far. Dr. Mark Rupp confirmed that they have this variation in Nebraska, though it has not formally been identified.
“It really has not been demonstrated whether this particular variant has the ability to be transmitted more easily from person to person. Or, whether the strain results in disease that is more severe, or escapes our immunological protections. Clearly, we deemphasized testing in the state. We’ve dismantled the main organization that was testing persons throughout the state. It’s clearly hampering our ability to know what’s going on throughout the state,” added Dr. Rupp.
Further testing implies that more samples can be sequenced and COVID-19 variations identified, and that is the reason why the screenings matter according to Dr. Rupp. Much testing is being carried out by quick procedures, where they cannot get insight or acquire the exact virus strain.
Whereas the Mu strain is being monitored, researchers think that the Delta is still the most significant concern, with the large majority of COVID instances. It obviously does not succeed as well as the delta version. It’s really blown over every area with Delta, and it’s becoming the prevalent strain.
Dr. Rupp added that vaccinations are vital to our health, but so are precautions. If you have any symptoms, such as fever for instance, or if you have been in an office or school where someone else has the virus, contact your doctor immediately. If you have a family member who could be at risk, like a sibling or spouse, encourage them to get tested as well. The sooner we share this information with healthcare providers, the sooner we can stop the spread of this disease and protect those around us.