A new coronavirus variant that originated in Colombia has been discovered in South Florida.
Variant B.1.621 has not yet received a Greek letter designation from the World Health Organization (WHO), but is starting to impress in Miami.
Carlos Miyoga, CEO of Jackson Health System in Miami, said: Local 10 that the strain accounts for about 10 percent of cases in the area.
Health experts suspect the constant travel between Miami and Colombia caused the strain to travel in the state and are urging residents to get vaccinated.
Jackson Health System CEO Carlon Miyoga told Local 10 that his health system is seeing an increase in cases of the B.1,621 variant, which originated in Columbia
B.1.621 peaked in Columbia in late June, when it accounted for 70 percent of cases in the South American nation (above)
The variant was first discovered in January in Colombia, where it accounted for about 70 percent of cases at its peak in late June.
It has since also been traced to 28 other countries, according to outbreak.info.
The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention listed B.1.621 as an interesting variant.
Named variants often have some sort of quality that makes them unique from other strains of the virus.
The Indian variant ‘Delta’, for example, is highly contagious and has its own name.
As of now, experts are unsure of the unique properties that the unnamed variant might have.
“The only time it becomes important is if it gives a virus-selective advantage, which is what we’ve seen with the delta variant,” John Sellick, a professor of biomedical sciences at the University at Buffalo, told me. The Washington Post.
‘We’ll see with this one. . . . What we need to see is in two weeks, or in four weeks, is this going to do another trick and eventually become more?’
Cases of the variant are still barely registered nationally and still make up a small part of the total COVID-19 outbreak in Florida.
However, the variant crossed the threshold of one percent of the total number of cases for the first time this month.
The B.1.621 variant recently eclipsed 1% of total cases in America for the first time (above)
Cases of B.1,621 are still low in Florida, though rising in recent days after being at zero for nearly a month (above)
Some fear it could explode across the country in the coming weeks, as many visit Florida in the summer and then return to their home communities with the variant.
“If you have a lot of unvaccinated people gathering and then going back home, you could have a very rapid transmission in a few weeks,” Dr. Preeti Malani, chief health officer in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan, told me. The mail.
Another variant, the Delta variant, is currently causing a massive outbreak in the state of Florida.
Florida daily COVID data is no longer reported after Governor Ron DeSantis declared the pandemic defeated in May.
In the time since the pandemic was “overcome,” cases have exploded in the Sunshine State.
Florida is experiencing a COVID spike, even though Governor Ron DeSantis stopped state reporting daily virus data in May
White House records showed that the state was responsible for: 20 per cent of active cases in the nation at some point two weeks ago.
The most recent data shows that the state has an average of more than 13,500 cases per day, more than double the number of 5,000 cases per day recorded just two weeks ago.
Florida has a higher vaccination rate than many of its peers experiencing similar outbreaks, with 57 percent of the population having received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In Miami-Dade County, it’s even better, as 74 percent of residents are at least partially vaccinated.