Fauci said research suggests Italy was devastated by way of a different strain of the coronavirus compared to one that started in Wuhan, China.
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The main disimilarity between the two, Fauci said, is that Italy’s version passes from person to person more effectively, rendering it even more difficult to contain.
“It just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible,” says Fauci.
The study he references, which was released by researchers affiliated with the Sheffield COVID-19 Genomics Group, states that the new strain “has become the most prevalent form in the global pandemic.”
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However, the researchers also found no evidence that this new strain causes worse symptoms than the original.
As of Thursday, The United States had more than 2.7 million confirmed cases, the highest on the planet.