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New COVID-19 strain: How worried should California be?

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How concerned should California be about the new, potentially more contagious variant of the coronavirus discovered here?

The variant caused deep concerns in Europe after it was discovered in England just before Christmas. The first reported U.S. case of COVID-19 caused by the variant was detected in Colorado. Although the development is cause for concern, some say it’s not necessarily cause for alarm.

Here is what we know:

Variant is no surprise


Experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, say the variant is no surprise, but they also say the new strain could change the way the virus behaves.

“I don’t think that Californians should feel that this is something odd,” Fauci said. “This is something that’s expected.”

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