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Two COVID-19 variants most prevalent in El Paso County

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- According to state data, El Paso County leads the way on where most positive COVID-19 variant cases are found in the state of Colorado. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic, and two of them are most prevalent in El Paso County.

"The B117, or the UK variant, is the one we're seeing more of, as far as absolute numbers go," says Dr. Robin Johnson of the El Paso County Health Department.

"The other one we are seeing is the California variant. We haven't seen the other ones of concern in El Paso County, though they are in the state in the smaller numbers," she explains.

According to the CDC, Dr. Johnson says, with a virus never seen before, learning about it and it's variants has watch-and-go sort of approach.

"Part of the issue is that, when we see these variants emerge, they do spread easier," Dr. Johnson says.

Dr. Johnson points out that although El Paso County has the highest absolute number of positive cases in the Centennial State, there's no solid way of knowing just how many positive variant cases there have been and currently are in the area. However, testing for variants has become easier thanks to genomic testing, which takes anywhere between seven and ten days to complete.

"When it goes through the lab, they can look for what's called an S-Dropout. It's that spike protein that helps identify the virus," Dr. Johnson said.

Scientists are continuing to learn about how easily these variants spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether vaccines will protect people against them. In the meantime, Dr. Johnson urges the public to get the shot.

"When we see variants, the vaccine itself is still effective," she explains. "While we know we are making great progress, we are in a race with the virus to really mitigate that spread."

Coronavirus / Local News / News

Natalie Haddad

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  1. Further confusion from the marxist democrat controlled media about the COVID19. Regretting I got the first vaccine shot and will not bother to get the B.S. shot #2. Luckily I had no bad reaction other than a sore arm but will not risk greater physical damage from a vaccine that will obviously be useless going forward.
    Sounds more and more like conspiracy theories are true that the propose the COVID19 scare is for the radical marxist democrats to perpetually lockdown people and to deny our basic human rights.

  2. Stop the BS…every flu or COVID…oh no I said the word!!! has different variants. Nothing to see or learn here so move along. This is just another scare tactic by the political theater being played out before our eyes by those who would call themselves politicians or leaders. This is nothing but fear tactics and control measures….wake up people you are being duped and lied to…don’t you want a normal life?

    Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex. It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. Author Unknown Which are you? And if the shoe fits…it has COVID! hahahahahahaha

  3. “When we see variants, the vaccine itself is still effective,” she explains.
    What data is the based on? There have not been very many of the Variants here to know and the vaccine has only been out for a few months. The variants came up in just the last 90 days.
    This is not science. It is all ignorant opinion. Try to publish a scientific paper with the same data and the world would laugh at you.

  4. Next year it will be another and another strain “escaped” from some country’s lab. Better get used to o masks and lockdown, while we have a free for all at the southern border. Dems love keeping control, keep you a victim. I’m sure there will be another trillion dollar stimulus coming

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