Mu variant is starting to worry US health authorities

Mu variant is starting to worry US health authorities
Health workers treat new COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit at Alberto Sapugal Hospital in Callao (Peru) (Photo: EFE)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed a new variant of COVID-19, known as Mu, as an ‘interesting variant’ which has already expanded by Colombia, Chile, Peru, Korea, and parts of the United States and Europe.

It’s about extension Fifth alternative of interest Monitored by the highest medical authority in the world. It was first identified in Colombia in January 2021. Since then, the disease has spread to South Korea, Canada, Europe, Japan and various parts of Latin America according to the World Health Organization. In Colombia, Peru and Chile it is the predominant variant.

At least two thousand cases of this type have been recorded in the United States, Based on data from the Global Influenza Data Sharing Initiative. The countries in which these cases have been recorded are: California, Florida, Texas and New York.

Pulmonologist Katherine Wintowsky cares for a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, US (Image: REUTERS)
Pulmonologist Katherine Wintowsky cares for a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, US (Image: REUTERS)

In South America and South Korea, those infected with the mu variant and vaccinated against COVID-19 had cases Moderate a a light, similar to what happens with other variables, according to the health authorities of those countries.

In the United States, the efficacy of vaccines in this variant is being studied, but There is not enough data yet to express an opinion on this matter. the doctor Anthony Fauci, a leading expert in infection for the United States government, confirmed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control, according to its English acronym) “Mu variant is closely monitoredIt is known that, as with other variants, it facilitates the spread of Mu. Fauci himself confirmed that they have data to suggest that This variant may be more powerful than some antibodies, Although vaccines appear to be effective at the moment.

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In any case, Still a concern in the country is the delta variable, which accounts for 99% of cases at this time. Given current conditions, it is unlikely that Mu or other variables will outperform delta.

Pictured is a record of the principal advisor for epidemiology to the US government, Anthony Fauci (Image: EFE)
Pictured is a record of the principal advisor for epidemiology to the US government, Anthony Fauci (Image: EFE)

Daily coronavirus infections in the country increased by 316% Compared to the daily injuries recorded during last year’s Labor Day holiday (which the United States celebrates today). As expected, deaths also increased, albeit at a slower pace. Today, compared to last year, there Double the number of deaths from COVID-19.

The authorities insist This new aggressive wave is due to the delta variable and the fact that a high percentage of the nation has not yet been vaccinated Despite the fact that vaccines have been available for months without restrictions to all over the age of 12.

Hospitalizations increased by 158% compared to last year, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services. In some hospitals, the situation is so complex that space is starting to become scarce in intensive care. “Soon doctors will have to start making very difficult decisionsFauci said of the weekly press conference.

the vast majority (above 95 percent), Those who are hospitalized are people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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