The mutated form of the coronavirus found in the UK, believed to be 70% more contagious, has been found in a resident of the US. It was found in a Colorado resident that has no history of traveling to the UK.
Investigations Into how he contracted the disease he’s ongoing
In a statement released by the Colorado’s state health department, the man who contracted this new variant is currently in isolation in Elbert County, about an hour and a half south of Denver. The man is said to be in his 20s and is already on his way to recovery.
The governor, Jared Polis, also released a statement saying that an investigation into how the man contracted the virus is ongoing.
“Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the U.K. The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority, and we will monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely.” Governor Polis tweeted through his Twitter account.
“There is a lot we don’t know about this new Covid-19 variant, but scientists in the United Kingdom are warning the world that it is significantly more contagious. The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority, and we will closely monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis added.
UK’s strain of coronavirus currently in 17 countries worldwide
The new UK variant has recently been detected in at least 17 countries, including South Korea, Spain, Australia and Canada. This has led to more than 40 countries like China, France, etc. suspending transport links with the UK. However, the US has not yet suspended travel from the UK.
“Ongoing travel between the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the high prevalence of this variant among current UK infections, increases the likelihood of importation,” the CDC said in a statement.