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  • Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 Lineage — United States, December 29, 2020–January 12, 2021

    Early Release / January 15, 2021 / 70

    Summer E. Galloway, PhD1; Prabasaj Paul, PhD1; Duncan R. MacCannell, PhD2; Michael A. Johansson, PhD1; John T. Brooks, MD1; Adam MacNeil, PhD1; Rachel B. Slayton, PhD1; Suxiang Tong, PhD1; Benjamin J. Silk, PhD1; Gregory L. Armstrong, MD2; Matthew Biggerstaff, ScD1; Vivien G. Dugan, PhD1

    Summary

    What is already known about this topic?

    A more highly transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7, has been detected in 10 U.S. states.

    What is added by this report?

    Modeling data indicate that B.1.1.7 has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months. CDC’s system for genomic surveillance and the effort to expand sequencing will increase the availability of timely U.S. genomic surveillance data.

    What are the implications for public health practice?

    The increased transmissibility of the B.1.1.7 variant warrants universal and increased compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public. Genomic sequence analysis through the National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance program will enable a targeted approach to identifying variants of concern in the United States.

    ... Multiple lines of evidence indicate that B.1.1.7 is more efficiently transmitted than are other SARS-CoV-2 variants (13). The modeled trajectory of this variant in the U.S. exhibits rapid growth in early 2021, becoming the predominant variant in March.

    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/...cid=mm7003e2_w

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    Updated soon after early release, but now the variant is found in 30 states.....


    Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 Lineage — United States, December 29, 2020–January 12, 2021


    Weekly / January 22, 2021 / 70(3);95–99



    On January 15, 2021, this report was posted online as an MMWR Early Release.

    Please note:. This report has been corrected.

    Summer E. Galloway, PhD1; Prabasaj Paul, PhD1; Duncan R. MacCannell, PhD2; Michael A. Johansson, PhD1; John T. Brooks, MD1; Adam MacNeil, PhD1; Rachel B. Slayton, PhD1; Suxiang Tong, PhD1; Benjamin J. Silk, PhD1; Gregory L. Armstrong, MD2; Matthew Biggerstaff, ScD1; Vivien G. Dugan, PhD1 (View author affiliations)
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    Summary


    What is already known about this topic?

    A more highly transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7, has been detected in 12 U.S. states.

    What is added by this report?

    Modeling data indicate that B.1.1.7 has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months. CDC’s system for genomic surveillance and the effort to expand sequencing will increase the availability of timely U.S. genomic surveillance data.

    What are the implications for public health practice?

    The increased transmissibility of the B.1.1.7 variant warrants universal and increased compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public. Genomic sequence analysis through the National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance program will enable a targeted approach to identifying variants of concern in the United States.


    more..

    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7003e2.htm


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