First Case of Brazilian Variant Found in N.Y.

A virology lab researcher works to develop a test that will detect the P.1 variant of the new coronavirus, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The first case of the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus was discovered in New York. The patient is a Brooklyn resident in his or her nineties with no travel history.

The variant, which is likely to be more infectious than earlier strains, was uncovered by scientists at Mount Sinai hospital, Spectrum News reported.

“The detection of the Brazilian variant here in New York further underscores the importance of taking all the appropriate steps to continue to protect your health,” Cuomo said in a statement. “While it’s normal for a virus to mutate, the best way to protect yourself is to continue to wear a well-fitted mask, avoid large crowds, social distance, wash your hands and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

The Brazilian variant, P.1, is more infectious and can lead to more serious cases, but the vaccines are effective against it, if not as effective as they are against other strains.