This is variant B1.621, which some have erroneously called the "Colombian variant."
B1.621 has become a new concern for Florida health authorities.
Some persist in calling it the "Colombian variant." However, both the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization argued that there is no Colombian variant of the virus, but rather one more variant of those already identified in several countries.
But regardless of the special name given to it, this stork coyote virus mutation can already be seen in South Florida, especially among people who have not yet been vaccinated.
At a press conference, the Jackson Memorial health system president -the primary public medical system in South Florida-, Carlos Migoya confirmed that 10 percent of the patients who are testing positive COVID-19 results in their hospitals present this strain. This is according to pathological studies conducted by the University of Miami.
The wrong name has been given because it was initially a variant found predominantly in Colombia. However, it is known that there is currently evidence of this strain in Spain, the United States, Curaçao, Mexico, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany.
According to data provided by the pathological laboratory of the University of Miami, In South Florida, the fundamental tension is the delta with 49%, followed by Brazil with 26%, and this new tension with 10%.
New tensions are likely to emerge in the coming days, according to the World Health Organization. In the meantime, it's time to dump her and move on.
If the Delta variant serves as a precedent, two months ago, this strain accounted for only 2 percent of cases in the United States. Today it is the predominant strain.
At the moment, studies indicate that the vaccines found on the US market (the one developed by Pfizer, the one developed by Moderna, and the one created by Johnson & Johnson) protect against all of these variants. So perhaps the percentage of protection decreases slightly, but the recommendation is still to get vaccinated.
The severe problem that the country currently faces is the lack of interest of a significant percentage of the population (between 25 and 30 percent) in getting vaccinated. Vaccination is available to everyone over the age of 12 without any restrictions. Still, less than half the country has already been fully vaccinated.
In Florida, the trend is in line with what is happening in the rest of the nation. Unfortunately, only 48.5 percent of residents of this state have opted to get fully vaccinated. And the virus is more and more present every day.
The Florida Department of Health reported that, on average, in the past seven days, the state recorded 10,454 daily cases, an increase of more than double compared to the last month. Cases in Florida today represent 22 percent of cases nationwide.