Medical staff examine a patient with coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on November 16, 2020.
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Public health officials in Texas announced Thursday that they had identified the state’s first case for a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus that was originally discovered in the United Kingdom.
The patient, a man between 30 and 40 years of age with no travel history, was discovered in Harris County, home of Houston, the county health department said in a statement. The man was isolated and in stable condition, and local infectious disease experts are following all of his contacts to find and monitor other people he may have exposed to the virus.
The burden that was also found It’s thought to be more communicable in California, Georgia, New York, Florida, and Colorado, but it doesn’t appear to make people sick or increase their risk of death from Covid-19, experts have said.
Earlier Thursday, Pennsylvania health officials said they had identified their state’s first case with the new variant known as B.1.1.7.
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