CHICAGO – A third strain of COVID-19 has been found in Illinois and is believed to be more contagious than any other strain.
Northwestern University researchers identified the P.1 variant, first identified in a traveler from Brazil, confirmed in Chicago residents. Health officials said their housemates also had COVID-19 and they did not leave Illinois.
Public health officials believe this variant is more contagious and may affect antibodies.
“Evidence suggests that this variant is more spreadable than most COVID-19 strains currently circulating, and there is evidence that some mutations in the P.1 variant may affect the antibody’s ability. (From natural infection or vaccination) in awareness and Neutralize the virus But more studies are needed, ”health officials said.
The first COVID-19 variable reported in Illinois was the B.1.1.7 variable, first seen in the UK as of Friday.There were 85 cases of variable B.1.1.7 and two instances of variable B.1.351 in addition to variable P. .1
As of Friday, 1,442 new COVID-19 cases were reported and 33 additional deaths were reported.
A total of 3,780,305 doses of the vaccine have been delivered to carriers in Illinois, including Chicago.