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Mutation of highly contagious Brazilian COVID-19 variant identified in Florida

A highly contagious variant of COVID-19 originally found in Brazil, has made its way to Florida.

The new COVID-19 variant has been named ‘P2’ or ‘P.1.1’. This strain is slightly different from the Brazilian mutation P1, however, which is reportedly more likely to infect those who have already gotten COVID-19, according to reporting by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The first two people to receive this variant are a 74 year old man in Broward County, and a 51 year old woman in Duval County. Scientists are closely monitoring this strain of the virus to see how closely related it is to the infamous Brazilian P1 strain. Marco Salemi of the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute commented on the strain, saying, “We have just two cases in Florida that have the extra mutation, and what that means remains to be seen. If in a month from now we go from two cases to 500, that will be concerning.”

He added, “We don’t know if new mutations are going to make current variants more or less aggressive, which is why we have people around the world actively monitoring them.” Florida is currently leading the nation in cases caused by COVID variants, despite having a relatively low death rate and some of the loosest restrictions. According to the New York Post, “The state health department said that it had recorded more than 11,800 cases of “variants of concern” on Wednesday, more than double the number two weeks ago.”

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ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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