S. Carolina aims to stop spread of virus variant

A public health official in South Carolina says two cases of a new coronavirus variant were found in two different parts of the state. There appears to be no connection between the two people. (Jan. 29)

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BRANNON TRAXLER: These individuals did not have a recent travel history and did not have a connection to each other. And so, as I pointed out just then in my briefing, we may never know exactly where these folks got it.

There are studies ongoing, but at this time, there is not the data to show that it is more fatal or deadly than the normal virus. Certainly, with it being more transmissible, there is the potential that we could see higher increases. But we are doing everything we can, with the CDC's help, to stop, as I said, any continued spread of it.