New highly contagious COVID-19 strain found in California

New highly contagious COVID-19 strain found in California
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Two separate research groups have discovered a homegrown coronavirus strain while looking for another new variant that is believed to have come from the United Kingdom, APA reports citing Sputnik.

“There was a homegrown variant under our noses,” said Dr. Charles Chiu, a virologist and professor of laboratory medicine at UC San Francisco, according to the Los Angeles Times. He examined the samples from the northern part of the state with collaborators from the California Department of Public Health.

The strain could be behind the state’s spread over the past few months, the paper said. Chiu noted, however, that “It may have contributed to this surge, or simply gone along for the ride.”

He said that were they not searching for the new UK strain and other viral variants, they could have “missed this at every level”.


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