MADISON, Wis. – The health agency confirmed that the more widespread COVID-19 strains first seen in the UK have traveled to Wisconsin
A variant, known as B.1.1.7, was identified Tuesday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.There is no evidence that the new variant worsened illness or the risk of death.
“We already know that COVID-19 is easily transmitted through respiratory droplets, and with this new model it appears to be more infectious, it is even more important to take precautions such as wearing a mask and body spacing. Said Andrea Palm, DHS Secretary General.
Authorities said the variables were identified through routine surveillance and genome sequencing.
“Virus mutations are very common – in fact, it is expected. As time goes on and the virus continues to reproduce, the genetic sequence of the virus will change, ”said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergard.
This variant was first seen in the United States in Colorado about two weeks ago.
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