Jacksonville, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health on Thursday found evidence of the first detection of the COVID-19 variant in the UK.
The department said the person who tested positive was in his 20s and lives in Martin County on Treasure Beach. According to the FDOH, he has no travel history.
He said the department is working with the CDC on the investigation and encourages everyone to continue training on COVID-19 mitigation.
“At this time, experts expect no effect on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine,” the department tweeted.
Evidence of the first identified case of the UK COVID-19 variant in Martin County is in Florida. The individual is a man in his 20s with no travel history. The department is working with the CDC on this investigation. We encourage everyone to practice following COVID-19 mitigation.
– Florida Department of Health (eHealthyFla) January 1, 2021
This makes Florida the third largest state in the United States.
Public health officials said the strain is not very dangerous or damaging, but leads to a rapid spread. Authorities are concerned that more people will become infected and be admitted to hospital.
Epidemiologists say the country needs to do more testing for this strain, so we know what we are dealing with.
It was first approved in the UK in September.
Epidemiologist Mohammad Reza says the man’s test was done randomly.
“What they are doing now is looking to sort out the whole gene of this virus. So they have selected more people now than ever before, or maybe they have randomly sorted and selected people with this infection, and this new string has been discovered,” Reza said.
Dr. Reza says the country has not seen enough of these new scenes. The Washington Post ranks 43rd in the United States in the world for checking for variations similar to those found in the UK. To break this down further, Dr. Reza says about 30,000-plus parts of the virus, of which only 70 to 90 are tested in the United States.
“We need to get federal help from the CDC on how many viruses we deploy in our population,” he said.
News4Jox asked Dr. Reza why this variation was important, and he said data from the UK showed that the strain was highly contagious and that the Martin County man may have inherited it from someone in his community, which means it was already in circulation.
“It’s about that,” Reza said. “It simply came to our notice then. Because all the tools we know how to reduce the risk of catching this virus work for this infected virus ”.
He says it includes vaccines, but we don’t know if it will provide the same level of protection.
Dr. Reza says the United States did not scratch the surface to detect the virus.
The best thing we can do to get into this new year is to be socially distant, wear a mask, and know that we are not out in the woods yet.
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