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CDC Releases Info on New COVID-19 Variants

A rendering of the coronavirus shapeThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently weighed in on the emerging COVID-19 variants that have been found in the US and abroad. Scientists are working to assess the risk these variants pose. The CDC says that, so far, there is no evidence to conclude that the new COVID-19 variants cause a more severe illness or risk of death than their predecessor.

Transmissibility is another main focus of research on these new variants. The CDC says they are currently researching levels of transmission in the new variants and that not much is currently known about how quickly these variants spread from person to person. The CDC emphasizes that information on these new variants is rapidly emerging and that it will update information and recommendations as scientific research offers a more firm understanding. 

The CDC goes on to explain what is known at this time, including some background on virus mutation:

"Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic."

More information on the emerging variants can be found here