USA identifies new coronavirus variant, ‘Columbus’, in Ohio

Researchers find two new coronavirus variants in U.S

Researchers find two new coronavirus variants in U.S

The evolving strain with the three new mutations has become the dominant virus in Columbus during a three-week period in late December 2020 and January.

While experts say that the mutations make the strain more infectious, the larger question is whether the available vaccines work as well against these strains as others. Wexner has been studying coronavirus in COVID-19 patients since March in order to monitor the evolution of the virus.

"At this point, we have no data to believe that these mutations will have any impact on the effectiveness of vaccines now in use", Mohler told CBS News.

One of the new variants has been identified in only one patient from OH, so the researchers admitted that they do not yet know the prevalence of the strain in the general population.

This means the newly found variants can spread faster through a group of people, raising concerns over the risk of a greater increase in the COVID-19 tally in the country, where the healthcare networks are already overloaded due to the pandemic.

One of the new strains was identified in a single patient in the state, "so researchers do not yet know the prevalence of the strain in the population", according to Ohio State Wexner Medical Center where researchers first identified the variants. He added that his company's antibody drug called bamlanivimab could still tackle the spike protein on the mutation found in the United Kingdom but explained that the "South African variant has more dramatic mutations to that spike protein which is the target" of the antibody drugs, according to CNBC.

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The Columbus variant has been named COH.20G/501Y, they said.

According to CNBC, the so-called "Columbus strain", is unique to the US, and carries three mutations not found in SARS-CoV-2, the researchers stated in a press release. Viruses often mutate, and usually, these mutations do not change how disease-causing viruses spread or infect their human hosts.

Mohler said in the news release it's important not to overreact to the new variant.

The findings were published as pre-print server BioRxiv and have not yet been peer-reviewed.

The researchers added that the mutations affect the spikes that stud the surface of SARS-CoV-2. "It is critical that we continue to monitor the evolution of the virus so we can understand the impact of the mutant forms on the design of both diagnostics and therapeutics".

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