Since the more contagious and deadlier COVID-19 mutation, B.1.1.7, was identified in the UK in late 2020, it has continued to spread around the world. In fact, health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have predicted that it will soon be the dominant strain of the virus. This week, the CDC revealed that the mutation continues to spread rapidly, with three states in particular experiencing the largest number of cases. Read on to find out where the more transmissible and deadly COVID mutation is more prevalent—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.
Florida Has the Most Cases of the Variant
According to the latest CDC stats, there have been at least 12,053 cases of COVID mutations—including the UK’s B.1.1.7, South Africa’s B.1.351, and Brazil’s P.1. The majority of them—11,569—are the more contagious variant from the UK, which has already been identified in 49 states in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. In addition, there are 312 cases of the South African variant in 30 states and Washington DC, and 172 cases of P.1 in 22 states.
There are three states in particular experiencing the highest number of variant cases. Florida has the most with 2,351 reported cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 49 cases of P.1 and 15 cases of B.1.351.
Michigan Has the Second Most Cases of the Variant
Next up, Michigan, with 1,237 cases of B.1.1.7 and five cases of B.1.351. “The state also announced 70 new school-related outbreaks on Monday. The largest with 36 cases is at Lake Superior State University in Chippewa County. Another 204 ongoing outbreaks were also reported. The 274 total outbreaks includes 9,462 cases,” says the Detroit Free Press.
California Has the Third Most Cases of the Variant
California has the third highest number with 822 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, 33 cases of P.1 and 10 cases of B.1.351. “COVID-19 cases are starting to climb again across much of the U.S., prompting officials to warn of a possible fourth wave of the deadly virus even amid the vaccine rollout. Could California be headed for the same fate?” asks Mercury News. “Infectious disease experts in the Bay Area say the Golden State may be well positioned to escape another surge — but things could change if too many unvaccinated people succumb to the allure of unsafe springtime gatherings.”
CDC Chief Warned of “Impending Doom”
On Monday, Dr. Walensky revealed that she has a “recurring feeling” of “impending doom” due to the current surge of cases not only as a result of the variants, but people letting down their guard too soon.
"I'm speaking today not necessarily as your CDC director, and not only as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer," she said. "I so badly want to be done, I know you all so badly want to be done, we're just almost there, but not quite yet. And so, I'm asking you to just hold on a little longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be here when this pandemic ends." So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.