The British strain of the coronavirus COVID-19 is so different from the original variant that it should be considered “almost a new virus.
Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, expressed this opinion in an interview with CNN.
“We should think of variant B.1.1.7 as almost a new virus. It acts differently than anything we’ve seen before in terms of transmission and impact on young people. So we have to take it very seriously,” the doctor warned.
The British mutation of the coronavirus is known to be much more contagious than the original strain. Experts believe that this variant has become dominant in the U.S. and the EU. Despite the danger of this strain, Dr. Hotez is optimistic about combating the pandemic.
“All vaccines seem to work well against this British variant of B.1.1.7, so that’s really good news. But if you’re not vaccinated, you have to act like you’re very vulnerable to this virus. Now is not the time to get sick,” the doctor added.