Scientist detected 32 virus mutations in the woman's body, including some seen in variants of concern. It's unclear if she passed on any of them.
Variants can spread more easily, make people sicker, escape immune responses, evade tests, or render treatments ineffective, experts say.
Of the 434,000 recorded COVID deaths in Brazil, 832 were children below the age of 6, The New York Times reported.
"The people filling the ICU right now are all in their 30s, 40s, and 50s," one emergency physician in Toronto said.
The rise in cases and rapid spread of coronavirus variants could mean an "avoidable surge" is coming, the CDC chief, Rochelle Walensky, said Monday.
The French health ministry announced Monday that it has identified a new coronavirus strain, and patients had at first tested negative for infection.
New studies suggest the coronavirus variant first reported in the UK, B.1.1.7, is linked to higher mortality rates than other strains.
A world-leading health expert has warned that spring breakers could increase the spread of highly-transmissible coronavirus variants across the US.
While experts told Insider some restrictions could be eased as case numbers decrease, they agreed masks should be the last to go.
Some states have dramatically lifted COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates. But experts say the US is in a race against the clock to vaccinate before the variants spread. While some restrictions can be eased as cases decrease, experts say masks should be the last to go. Visit the Business section […]
The more contagious – and possibly deadlier – coronavirus variant first found in the UK could become dominant in the US by March. But the US might not finish vaccinating its most vulnerable populations until April. Relaxed restrictions may allow the variant to run rampant, leading to hospitalizations and deaths. […]
Relaxed lockdown restrictions may allow the new variant to run rampant, leading to increased hospitalizations and deaths.
The spread of coronavirus variants means COVID-19 will likely be around forever. People might require regular booster shots to fight new variants of the virus. But experts say it’s impossible to vaccinate everyone yearly, so the virus will continue to circulate. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. […]
AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine could be anywhere from 22% to 90% effective, depending on the parameters. Doses might be more effective given 12 weeks apart. Experts say inconsistency in AstraZeneca’s trials and data might be undermining trust in the shots. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. How effective […]
California is the latest state to report cases of the more transmissible coronavirus variant found in South Africa The variant, first identified in in October, has been found in at least four US states. The variant seems to partially evade immunity gained in response to vaccines or infection with the […]
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds rolled back several health restrictions in response to the pandemic. Reynolds said on Friday that Iowans no longer need to wear masks in public, for example. This update comes as Iowan health officials say they have detected new coronavirus variants. Visit the Business section of Insider […]
UK officials announced in January that the coronavirus variant discovered there may have a higher mortality rate than the original. That may be because people sick with the variant have higher viral loads – more virus in their bodies – a factor linked to more severe COVID-19. The variant is […]