To date, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has assigned five variants this dubious distinction: B.1.1.7 (or the British variant), P.1 (Brazilian), B.1.351 (South African) and B.1.427 and B. 1,429, California variants.
Of these, only California and British variants have been identified in Western New York, according to data from GISAID, a genomic data-sharing platform used by government agencies and academic researchers. But Surtees, who heads UB’s Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence, told The Buffalo News via email that it is possible that other varieties are also in circulation. While her group has sequenced nearly 1
Are California and British varieties more deadly or contagious than other, earlier forms of coronavirus?
Preliminary studies suggest that the California variants are about 20% more contagious than previous forms of coronavirus, while the British variant is about 50% more transmissible. On Friday, Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein suggested that the more contagious varieties could contribute to an increasing number of cases in the region.