CDC: NY Covid Variant Not More Dangerous

A health care worker watches from an overpass at Mount Sinai Hospital, Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The coronavirus variant that emerged in New York City is not more infectious or more dangerous than the strains circulating, the CDC announced.

Preliminary data from the study also showed that the mutated strain does not increase the chance of someone who has been vaccinated becoming infected, Pix11 reported.

Other variants, such as the British or South African variant, are significantly more infectious and slightly more resistant to the vaccine.

The variant, or B.1.526, first emerged in November 2020, and by March 2021, 70% of coronavirus cases in New York City were variant infections.



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