Researchers find emerging COVID-19 strain in New York

Researchers find emerging COVID-19 strain in New York
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A new coronavirus strain that shares some characteristics with the South Africa variant is emerging in New York City, researchers said Wednesday.

As of mid-February, the new variant, called B.1.526, was present in about 12 percent of coronavirus samples collected in the Big Apple and surrounding areas, according to researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In their analysis of publicly available databases, the Columbia researchers did not find a high prevalence of the South Africa or Brazil COVID-19 variants in the region.

“Instead we found high numbers of this home-grown lineage,” Dr. Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and…

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