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U.K. variant of coronavirus found in Ohio; strain spreads more easily from person to person

U.K. variant of coronavirus found in Ohio; strain spreads more easily from person to person
The new variant carries a mutation that is identical to the U.K. strain, but researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center think it branched off from a virus strain already present in this country. The new variant was discovered in one Ohio patient, so researchers do not yet know the prevalence of the strain in the population. Wexner has been studying coronavirus in COVID-19 patients since March in order to monitor the evolution of the virus.

“It’s important that we don’t overreact to this new variant until we obtain additional data,” Mohler said.” The new variant carries a mutation that is identical to the U.The new variant was discovered in one Ohio patient, so researchers do not yet know the prevalence of the strain in the population., in 2020, shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP) APAP CLEVELAND, Ohio ‑— A variant of the coronavirus identical to the one found recently in the United Kingdom has been found in Ohio, Ohio State University researchers announced today.

“The big question is whether these mutations will render vaccines and current therapeutic approaches less effective,” Peter Mohler, a co-author of the study and chief scientific officer at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, said in a statement.strain, but researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center think it branched off from a virus strain already present in this country.

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