Contagious COVID variant detected in Wisconsin

Contagious COVID variant detected in Wisconsin

The Associated Press and WDIO-TV
Created: January 13, 2021 11:54 AM

Wisconsin health officials say a new, more contagious form of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in the state.

The Department of Health Services says the variant was detected through routine genome sequencing of specimens collected in testing. It did not say where the variant was detected, or whether there was more than one case.

The variant form of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, referred to as B.1.1.7, was first discovered in England in November and December last year. The variant has since turned up in Colorado, California, Florida, Minnesota, New York and Georgia.

"We already know that COVID-19 is easily transmitted through respiratory droplets, and with this new variant appearing to be even more infectious, taking preventative measures like wearing a mask and physically distancing are even more important," DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said in a news release.

Health officials say the variant isn't any deadlier and vaccines should be effective against it.

The DHS pointed out that all viruses change through mutation and it's something that was expected to happen.

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