CDC finds new coronavirus variant in the US

It appears that a new coronavirus variant, known as the lambda variant, has entered the United States, the Washington Examiner reports.

The most important question, of course, is just how dangerous is it? And, as we will see, at the moment, the answer is unclear.

Background

On the global scene, the lambda variant, also known as C.37, has been around for some time now. It was first discovered in Peru – one of the countries that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus – back in November of 2020.

Since then, it is believed that the lambda variant has spread to eight South American countries and 41 countries worldwide. Now, the United States is among them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this week, indicated that there are more than 1,300 lambda cases in the United States. That was as of August 4th.

So, how dangerous is it?

There is a lot of talk about the lambda variant because a study from Japan found that it has characteristics that make it more infectious than the original coronavirus and that it is more resistant to the antibodies produced by coronavirus vaccines. This study, though, has not been peer-reviewed, and so we don’t know what to make of it.

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently has the lambda variant listed as a “variant of interest.” It is of interest because of this talk that it could be more contagious and that it could be vaccine-resistant. But, this is a step below a “variant of concern.”

One thing that has been found is that the lambda variant does not seem to spread as widely as, for example, the delta variant, which is also making news headlines these days.

According to the numbers from the CDC, the lambda variant accounts for roughly.2 percent of new coronavirus cases, while the delta variant accounts for 93 percent of new cases.

So, the bottom line is that we still don’t know what to make of the lambda variant. It could be more infectious, it could be vaccine-resistant, but it also could struggle to spread, which may limit its damage.

We need more time before we’ll know for sure.

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