- This contagious version was in the U.S and U.K. as early as October.
- Some 15,000 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been reported in the U.S.
- From the U.K., the new variant quickly spread into at least 15 countries from tourists.
The highly contagious variant of COVID-19 first found in the U.K. has now been identified in every U.S. state and has been spreading in the U.S. since October. More than 15,000 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been reported in the U.S. The variant may be more deadly than the original strain of COVID-19, experts warn.
In the United Kingdom, scientists discovered the B.1.1.7 variant in early December.