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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:38 AM

Virus Variant in Brazil Infected Many Who Had Already Recovered From Covid-19

Source: New York Times

Virus Variant in Brazil Infected Many Who Had Already Recovered From Covid-19

The first detailed studies of the so-called P.1 variant show how it devastated a Brazilian city. Now scientists want to know what it will do elsewhere.

By Carl Zimmer
Published March 1, 2021
Updated March 3, 2021

In just a matter of weeks, two variants of the coronavirus have become so familiar that you can hear their inscrutable alphanumeric names regularly uttered on television news.

B.1.1.7, first identified in Britain, has demonstrated the power to spread far and fast. In South Africa, a mutant called B.1.351 can dodge human antibodies, blunting the effectiveness of some vaccines.

Scientists have also had their eye on a third concerning variant that arose in Brazil, called P.1. Research had been slower on P.1 since its discovery in late December, leaving scientists unsure of just how much to worry about it.

Ive been holding my breath, said Bronwyn MacInnis, an epidemiologist at the Broad Institute.

Now three studies offer a sobering history of P.1s meteoric rise in the Amazonian city of Manaus. It most likely arose there in November and then fueled a record-breaking spike of coronavirus cases. It came to dominate the city partly because of an increased contagiousness, the research found.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/01/health/covid-19-coronavirus-brazil-variant.html

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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:42 AM

1. it is very premature to stop masking

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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 10:25 AM

2. Yup.

I'm going to say now what I said a year ago, "I expect to be wearing a mask and self-isolating at this time next year."

Because so many are stupid and selfish.

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