The new UK COVID-19 strand that has been discovered in the United States could be up to 70 percent deadlier, according to the latest data and analysis FOX News reports.
The new variant is known as B.1.1.7 and comes with a higher chance of hospitalization or death.
The variant was first discovered in the United States in Colorado and since has had confirmed cases in New York, California, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Utah, and others.
The latest also shows that some who may have had a less likely chance at being infected are now much higher with the newest strand.
“The higher transmissibility means that people who were previously at low risk of catching COVID (particularly younger fitter females) are now catching it and ending up in hospital,″ Strain said.
“This is highlighted by the latest figures for hospitalization that now suggest almost 50:50 male to female ratio compared to this being predominantly in men during the first wave.″
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 26.5 million confirmed cases and 447,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.