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New Year Brings a New COVID-19 Strain

The New Year brings forth a new COVID-19 strain. There have been rumors circulating about a stronger strain making its way into the U.S. and it’s finally confirmed. The first case of a more contagious COVID-19 variant has been found in Texas.



The Harris County Public Health has confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7, the same variant that was found in the UK. This is the first case in Harris County and the state of Texas. The patient is a man between 30-40 years old residing in southwest Harris County. According to authorities, he hasn’t been traveling. The patient is currently stable and is quarantining in isolation. There is a lot of work being done to reach out to anyone he’s come into contact with. “The fact that this person had no travel history suggests this variant is already circulating in Texas,” Said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner.



The variant is being considered as more easily transmittable but doesn’t come with more severe symptoms. During a briefing, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stated that the county is responding to the new variant by investigating all the links of the individual and ensuring that the individuals who may have been exposed are contacted, tested, and quarantined. Hidalgo also stated “it will respond to the current vaccine. But the point is, the more cases of this virus we see, the more people will be hospitalized, the more people will die.”



The new variant is definitely more contagious which means that extra precautions must be made in order to keep yourself and those around you safe. Make sure to always have your mask strapped while social distancing. This is the first case found in Texas but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one.


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