Washington Post: U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds

Washington Post: U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds. “The variant, known as B.1.1.7, is more contagious than earlier forms of the coronavirus and may also be more lethal, although that is far less certain. It carries a package of mutations, including many which change the structure of the spike protein on the surface of the virus and enhance its ability to bind to human receptor cells. People infected with the variant have higher viral loads, studies have shown, and they may shed more virus when coughing or sneezing.”

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