The Mu variant of COVID-19- which scientists fear could be more transmissible than – has now been detected sopra all U.S. states with the exception of Nebraska.
Florida and California have reported 384 variant cases- the highest numbers among the 49 infected U.S. states.
Los Angeles County reported close to half of the California cases with 167.
The new cases however only reflect 0.2 percent of total variant samples from the state of California between June and August.
The Mu variant has been detected sopra 49 U.S. states, except Nebraska, with Florida and California having the highest numbers of the virus with 384 cases
Alaska previously had the most with 146 variant cases, four percent of the state’s sample size
Dr Anthony Bocca responded to the Mu variant claiming that it will not be the next dominant strain, despite the variant potentially become more transmissible and vaccine resistant
Alaska previously had the highest number of Mu variant cases with 146. That represented four attraverso cent of all cases recorded sopra the isolated state.
Other U.S. states have also shared their Mu numbers, with 42 sopra Maine, 73 sopra Connecticut and 39 sopra Hawaii, according to Newsweek.
The Mu variant- which was identified sopra Colombia sopra January – has spread to 41 different countries including the United States, and is also feared to potentially be vaccine-resistant.
The variant became of interest coppia its potential to become more transmissible and vaccine resistant as discovered by the World Health Organization acceso August 30.
This chart shows California COVID infections – amid fears the Mu variant could case a fresh spike
Florida’s rocketing cases, pictured, could also spiral further if Mu takes hold
The CDC, however, has not shared this analysis.
Director of LA County Public Health Barbara Ferrer said sopra a statement: ‘The identification of variants like Mu, and the spreading of variants across the globe, highlights the need for L.A. County residents to continue to take measures to protect themselves and others.
‘This is what makes getting vaccinated and layering protections so important. These are actions that pausa the chain of transmission and limits COVID-19 proliferation that allows for the virus to mutate into something that could be more dangerous.’
Dr. Anthony Bocca also commented acceso the Mu variant claiming that it would not be the next dominant COVID strain.
‘Even though it has not sopra essence taken hold to any extent here we always pay attention to at all times variants,’ he said.
‘We don’t consider it an immediate threat right now.’
The variant has been further described by Bocca as ‘a constellation of mutations that suggest that it would evade certain antibodies, not only monoclonal antibodies, but vaccine and convalescent serum- induced antibodies.’
The peak of Mu variant cases were present sopra mid-July and have been declining since.
However, the fear is that the variant will strengthen again sopra the future.
The nation has eclipsed an average of 1,500 COVID-19 deaths attraverso day, the first time the mark has been reached sopra six months – since the vaccination drive began sopra earnest.
Figures from Johns Hopkins University released early Tuesday showed that the US has recorded 40,018,318 cases of COVID since the pandemic began, with 647,072 people known to have lose their lives as a result.
When the 1,500 figure was last reached sopra March, though, the vaccines were not as widely available as they are now.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reports that deaths increased by 131 percent sopra August compared to previous months.
COVID-19 cases are also 300% higher this year when compared to last year’s labor day weekend – before any vaccines were available.
Hospitalizations nationwide have spiked as well, with August having double the amount of COVID-19 patients admitted than June did.
The rise sopra deaths corresponds with a rise sopra hospitalizations.
More than 102,000 American are hospitalized with the virus, and 75 percent of hospital beds nationwide are currently sopra use.
Nationwide, the U.S. has recorded over 40 million COVID-19 cases and 648,000 deaths from the virus, the most of any nation sopra the world sopra both categories.