Is California coronavirus variant preventing spring surge? - Los Angeles Times
Apr 12, 2021 2 mins, 41 secs
With coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations climbing nationwide, is California also headed for a fourth wave in the COVID-19 pandemic?

In the last week, average daily coronavirus cases nationally are up 3% over the previous week and daily COVID-19 hospital admissions are up 7%.

The California variant here might be helping to keep a lid on the U.K.

Michigan’s recent wave was spurred on by youth athletic events, including large outbreaks involving hockey teams, Rutherford said.

variant, which now accounts for about 70% of Michigan’s and Minnesota’s new coronavirus cases, Rutherford said.

Michigan is now seeing its hospitals under pressure from surges of patients, and some hospitals in the state are canceling nonemergency procedures and enacting pandemic surge plans, the Detroit Free Press reported.

One bright side, however, is that the cluster in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut seems to be “starting to turn the corner a little bit,” Rutherford said.

An outstanding question is whether the surge in COVID-19 in the neighboring Canadian province of Ontario is affecting the surge in cases in the Midwest and Northeast, Rutherford said.

But it’s something to be cognizant of,” Rutherford said.

variant now probably accounts for 40% of new coronavirus cases, Rutherford said, but unlike in Michigan, “it hasn’t driven the overall epidemic curve.”.

Part of the reason for that is that the California variant may be dominating the U.K.

Of virus samples that have been genomically sequenced cumulatively, more than 12,000 cases of the California variant — also known as the West Coast variant (B.1.427/B.1.429) — have been identified in California, compared with 980 of the U.K.

The California variant is believed to be 20% more transmissible than the conventional coronavirus strains, but the U.K.

But Rutherford said, somewhat counterintuitively, that the California variant may be somehow keeping the U.K.

Rutherford said he couldn’t fully explain it, but, “for whatever reason, they seem to be pushing it out of the way.” An upcoming study of coronavirus cases identified in San Francisco’s Mission District is expected to report almost no cases of the U.K.

It’s possible that California will eventually be dominated by the U.K.

variant, Rutherford said.

variant [that was dominating California], we’d be in worse shape,” said Dr.

The autumn-and-winter surge in California tore through many lower-income and heavily Latino communities, leaving behind a high death toll.

And Rutherford said he suspects there are parts of L.A., such as in Boyle Heights and South L.A., in which half of residents have been infected.

Rutherford said it’s possible that California could reach something approaching herd immunity by June 15.

COVID-19 vaccines work well against California variant, scientists say

COVID-19 vaccines work well against California variant, scientists say

Two COVID-19 vaccines are likely to be protective against a rapidly spreading variant of the SARS-Cov-2 virus that arose in California, a study finds

Problems that could delay the end of the pandemic in California include the introduction of a new variant in California or the discovery of a problem with a vaccine that could undermine confidence in the shots, Rutherford said

“The numbers of states with more than a few handful of cases of those is really vanishingly small,” Rutherford said

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