Covid-19 cases in the United States may be trending in the right direction but, with new variants circulating in the country, experts say there is still reason to worry.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a variant first spotted in the UK has been detected in at least 28 states. Minnesota officials also recently announced the first US case of another variant, detected in a traveler from Brazil.
They're more transmissible, which can lead to increased number of cases, and increased stress on our already overtaxed system," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday.
With more than 80,000 deaths to coronavirus in January, the pandemic has hit the US the hardest this month. But a CDC ensemble forecast projects there could be another 84,000 virus-related fatalities by February 20.
As the country still grapples with vaccine allocation and distribution problems, federal data shows only about half of the vaccine supply that has been distributed in the US has been administered. According to one official, it could be "months" until every American who wants to get the vaccine can.
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