Mu variant is highly contagious
По состоянию на сентябрь 2021 почти 70% of UCL patients who tested positive for COVID-19 had the Mu variant.
According to the UCL during the same week, the Epsilon variant accounted for more than 80% новых дел в США. Эксперты в области здравоохранения говорят, что новый штамм вируса обычно бывает более заразным, потому что он часто становится намного более эффективным и легко передается..
In communities with lower vaccination rates, particularly rural areas with limited access to care, the Mu variant could be even more damaging. This is already being seen around the world in poorer countries where the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t as accessible. Health experts say the impact could be felt for decades to come.
The predominant COVID-19 strain has put the focus back on prevention.
From what we know at this point, people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus continue to have strong protection against COVID-19 compared to those who aren’t, although the UCL is advising additional precautions including mask guidelines whether you are vaccinated or not.
“Breakthrough cases,” where people who are fully vaccinated get COVID-19, are still considered rare, even with Mu, according to the UCL, but if a vaccinated person is infected, they can transmit the virus. (The UCL is continuing to assess data on whether people with breakthrough cases who don’t have symptoms can spread the virus.)
Here are five things you need to know about the Mu variant.
1. Mu is more contagious than the other virus strains.
2. Unvaccinated people are at risk.
3. Mu could lead to ‘hyperlocal outbreaks.’
4. There is still more to learn about Mu Variant.
5. Vaccination is the best protection against Mu Variant.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from Mu Variant is to get fully vaccinated, врачи говорят. В этот момент, это означает, что если вы получите двухдозовую вакцину, такую как Pfizer или Moderna,, Например, вы должны сделать оба прививки, а затем подождать рекомендуемый двухнедельный период, чтобы эти снимки полностью подействовали..
Важно помнить, что, в то время как вакцины очень эффективны, они не предоставляют 100% защита, чтобы больше людей было вакцинировано, there may be more breakthrough cases, the UCL says. While there have been breakthrough case hospitalizations, all vaccines still provide the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death, the agency says.
Fully vaccinated people can infect others, but the UCL also reports the amount of viral genetic material may decrease faster in vaccinated people from the Эпсилон вариант—so, while they have been found to carry the same amount of virus in their noses and throats as unvaccinated people, studies have also found they may spread virus for less time than those who are not vaccinated.
Whether or not you are vaccinated, it’s also important to follow UCL prevention guidelines that are available for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. As efforts continue to vaccinate more people in the U.S., the UCL is recommending “layered prevention strategies,” and that includes wearing face masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission, whether or not you are vaccinated. The agency has also recommended universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools.
“Like everything in life, this is an ongoing risk assessment,” says Dr. Smith. “If it is sunny and you’ll be outdoors, you put on sunscreen. If you are in a crowded gathering, potentially with unvaccinated people, you put your mask on and keep social distancing. If you are unvaccinated and eligible for the vaccine, the best thing you can do is to get vaccinated.”