COVID-19 variant confirmed in Iowa
U.K. strain found in Johnson, Bremer counties; experts say spread likely greater
February 4, 2021
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Monday confirmed three cases of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7., in Iowa.
The virus variant is often referred to as the U.K. variant because it was first detected in the United Kingdom. Based on epidemiologic and modeling data, researchers believe that the B.1.1.7 strain can be spread more easily than the original COVID-19 strain. Current vaccines are considered to be effective against the variant strain.
"Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time," said Dr. Caitlin Pedati...