2nd Case of South African Covid Variant Confirmed in Santa Clara County; Officials Urge Caution

A second case of the Covid-19 strain known as the South African variant has been detected in Santa Clara County, officials said Wednesday, stressing the need for continuing safety measures even as the state eases pandemic restrictions.

The B.1.351 variant was discovered in a specimen taken in early March and randomly selected for genomic sequencing, officials said, noting that an investigation is underway.

County public health experts said the case, the fourth confirmed in California, is believed to be due to community transmission and not travel-related. A travel-related case was detected in the county earlier this year.

“Considering the national trends, we have been operating under the assumption that these variants were circulating at some level in our communities,” county Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said. “This latest case confirms that we do have community transmission and reminds us to not let down our guard in the middle of this pandemic.”

The county has also seen the number grow to 15 confirmed cases of B.1.1.7, another strain known as the UK variant. The actual number of variant cases in the community is unknown, “since current genomic sequencing capabilities only allow a fraction of positive cases to be sequenced,” officials said.

“There is still a lot we are learning, but we do know some very key things about Covid-19 and how to protect ourselves,” Santa Clara County Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. George Han said in a public announcement earlier this week. “Even with these variants circulating in our community, the best tools to protect ourselves and our loved ones remain familiar to us and are available now. Wear your masks, keep your distance from others, avoid gatherings, especially indoors, and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

Travel is strongly discouraged, officials said, and activities being allowed as areas move into less restrictive tiers in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy should still be considered high risk and steps should be taken to minimize exposure.

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  1. And NOW Dr. Fauci just demonstrated that the Vaccines we have are not going to protect you from many variants of the COVID. Meaning that even when we are vaccinated, that does not mean we are safe. In effect, he just disclosed that the idea of once your vaccinated you can do what you want, is not the TRUTH. There are variants HERE and NOW that are not able to be vaccinated at this time.

    The reality is that we cannot even think about the continued lowering of safety protocol. In fact if we keep going we will greatly increase the spread of the variants that ARE NOT protected via the current Vaccines.

    And there will be so many people going to lash out because they keep on getting misinformation from people like Sen Paul, that sells the idea that we have the situation under control, that all the vaccines will protect everyone 100% against any VARIANT of COVID. The medical evidence clearly does not prove that.

    And when we go into another strict wave of either purple or back to blue tier, you are going to see a lot of people suffering temper tantrums.

    Why is it I keep seeing the situation never getting better?

  2. GREG HOWE you wrote:

    “And how would you have handled it, Doctor Goldberg?”

    First, I am not the one you ask that question to, because it is not my “employment role” to have been in charger. BUT if you really want to know, we needed to freeze all social activity as early as March 15th of 2020 and not allowed any “transport” from any infectious point to any other infectious point until we had fully TESTED EVERYONE for the disease. THEN we could have done an isolation path to self-destruction of the virus.

    But we did not do that. The President said we would have a MIRACLE, he then said we had treatments, and now we are being told we have a vaccine. But the vaccines are only good for a short lifecycle, if new variants are rendering them ineffective. Then we had so many people demanding that we take unsafe actions throughout the year in effect almost getting us to critical mass during the holiday season.

    And now you have people like yourself saying as soon as we get vaccinated, we are safe. That is not Medically or Scientifically TRUE. And again, we lost our chance back in March and April of 2020. To many people said, if you cannot prove our business is unsafe, we are allowed to stay in business.

    This was the way that NASA got the Challenger to explode on liftoff and the Columbia to self-destruct upon reentry. NO ONE bothers to work the science, they just say, take a risk, as Donald said many times: “What have you go to lose?” It looks like we lost BIG time.

    But again, it is not a responsibility for ME, because I am not EMPLOYEED to be responsible, as the saying goes, it is “above my pay grade”. But you can try to put the blame on me for all of the dumb people out there that made our situation worse. But I did not, because I kept myself under control and practiced not getting either myself or anyone else infected.

  3. Oh the hopes of the non-rent payers spring eternal…

    No, everyone is going to have to back to paying rent soon. Biden’s in and there is no Trump to blame anymore. Time to tear open that mattress and part with dem nickels gentleman, the city council’s not gonna stand in for ya anymore…

  4. NOT SJ KULAK I SWEAR you wrote:

    “Oh the hopes of the non-rent payers spring eternal…”

    Wait, we are talking about COVID not trent, right?

    OH, WHERE IS SJ KULAK? Did he get in trouble? You wrote:

    “No, everyone is going to have to back to paying rent soon. Biden’s in and there is no Trump to blame anymore. Time to tear open that mattress and part with dem nickels gentleman, the city council’s not gonna stand in for ya anymore…”

    Again are we talking about the COVID Variants that are in effect forcing us back in time to March 2020?

    If that is the case, why are you bringing up this irrelevant rant?

    Sounds like someone is getting a little distressed, maybe you should try some meditation?

  5. The sky is continuously fall on some of us. How do we ever leave the house with so much risk in our daily lives.

    Fauci is a retard. How many masks are you going to wear when ‘Simon Says’?

  6. WILLIAM ASHBLESS you wrote:

    “The sky is continuously fall on some of us. How do we ever leave the house with so much risk in our daily lives.”

    I understand that you may choose to put yourself at risk, but if your actions can put others at risk, that is where your powers of choice are crossing a line. Why do you suppose that the law is cracking down on ANTI-VAXERS. You and your friends can be argued to be a danger to yourself and others too. You wrote:

    “Fauci is a retard. How many masks are you going to wear when ‘Simon Says’?”

    Again NAME CALLING and no science to prove that your choice of action is going to be SAFE to the public.

    That is what we need to do now, only act where we have PROOF that what we do is safe and is not going to increase infections.

    I understand the frustration, but the reality is that in about 3 more weeks we are going to see the new variants become the spreaders of the current COVID strain. Simply because they aren’t controlled by the vaccines.

  7. Please show me any evidence that Fauci’s two mask requirements make any sense at all.
    Fauci deliberately lied about face masks because he wanted to ‘protect’ health care workers. How many people died because of his deliberate action?

    Is there any science that proves not wearing a mask puts others at risk?

    So, Mr. Science Guy:
    What are some of the risks to long term use of face coverings?

    How long are you willing to not work for your PROOF to enable us lessor folk to return to their normal lives?

    You take your responsibility to ‘protect’ others very seriously. When this is over, will you continue to wear a mask and socially distance when the seasonal flu strikes us again?

    Don’t bother, I already know your answer.

  8. WILLIAM ASHBLESS you wrote:

    “Please show me any evidence that Fauci’s two mask requirements make any sense at all.”

    I don’t know whether any Two Mask REQUIREMENTS have been issued, correct? Your question is faulty. But the facts are that people not wqearing any masks has caused more infections. Just look at even the White House spreader event, the Spring Breaks of last year, the Fourth of July surge, and more. Now you claimed:

    “Fauci deliberately lied about face masks because he wanted to ‘protect’ health care workers. How many people died because of his deliberate action?”

    Again, your question is not a question at all but an allegation with no PROOF behind it. Show me when he “DELIBERATLY” lied? The unfortunate reality is a “NOVEL” virus being “NEW” and “UNKNOWN” means we do the bestwith what LITTLE information we have. Donald Trump ORDERED that only when the scientists had “PROOF” that something was unsafe he could issue “guidelines” regarding the public.

    And OVER AND OVER again during Trumps COVID press conferences Donald Trump would make a statement, and Dr. Fouci, just minutes afeter in the same room would have to CORRECT Trump. So again you said:

    “Is there any science that proves not wearing a mask puts others at risk?”

    The facts are that where here are people NOT wearing masks, the infection rates explode. You are just trying to distract from IRRESPONSILBE behavior that made the problem so much worse. Then you wrote:

    “So, Mr. Science Guy:

    What are some of the risks to long term use of face coverings?”

    Don’t you have that information? Why are you asking me to do your homework? At least for now, that seems to be the only tool we have to prevent the COVID vaccine unprotectable variants from spreading, right? What MIORACLE do you have to stop it? You said:

    “How long are you willing to not work for your PROOF to enable us lessor folk to return to their normal lives?”

    Since when does a person just for being perhaps unemployed mean that they are not expected to be safe from COVID. Of course, the unemployed and the employed must be entitled to a SAFE working or customer environment. You are just trying to again distract from the record that people are acting irresponsibly and it keeps the COVID free to do damage to EVERYONE. You wrote:

    “You take your responsibility to ‘protect’ others very seriously. When this is over, will you continue to wear a mask and socially distance when the seasonal flu strikes us again?”

    Another VERY false premise question, the seasonal flu does not kill about 2% of ALL infected, nor does it have a record of perhaps doing damage to as many as 30% of those infected for the “long haul”. But if it did, I have no problem saying YES to that question. In fact the Japanese and many other countries practiced mask wearing in almost a regular basis.

    Stop trying to put the blame of the damage COVID did on the ones that did TRY to prevent problems, only to have been overruled by their BOSSES over and over again. And lets continue to listen to all of the people involved now disclosing that their medical advice was tampered with by politicians in the White House all during the year of 2020 prior and even after the election.

  9. time to pay your rent

    pay your rent

    pay your rent

    time to pay your rent

    no more skirts to hide behind…

    time to be a man

    be a man

    be a man

    time to be a man

    no more words to hide behind

  10. “Please show me any evidence that Fauci’s two mask requirements make any sense at all.”

    I don’t know whether any Two Mask REQUIREMENTS have been issued, correct? Your question is faulty. But the facts are that people not wearing any masks has caused more infections. Just look at even the White House spreader event, the Spring Breaks of last year, the Fourth of July surge, and more. Now you claimed:

    “Fauci deliberately lied about face masks because he wanted to ‘protect’ health care workers. How many people died because of his deliberate action?”

    Again, your question is not a question at all but an allegation with no PROOF behind it. Show me when he “DELIBERATLY” lied? The unfortunate reality is a “NOVEL” virus being “NEW” and “UNKNOWN” means we do the best with what LITTLE information we have. Donald Trump ORDERED that only when the scientists had “PROOF” that something was unsafe he could issue “guidelines” regarding the public.

    And OVER AND OVER again during Trumps COVID press conferences Donald Trump would make a statement, and Dr. Fauci, just minutes after in the same room would have to CORRECT Trump. So again you said:

    “Is there any science that proves not wearing a mask puts others at risk?”

    The facts are that where here are people NOT wearing masks, the infection rates explode. You are just trying to distract from IRRESPONSILBE behavior that made the problem so much worse. Then you wrote:

    “So, Mr. Science Guy:

    What are some of the risks to long term use of face coverings?”

    Don’t you have that information? Why are you asking me to do your homework? At least for now, that seems to be the only tool we have to prevent the COVID vaccine unprotectable variants from spreading, right? What MIORACLE do you have to stop it? You said:

    “How long are you willing to not work for your PROOF to enable us lessor folk to return to their normal lives?”

    Since when does a person just for being perhaps unemployed mean that they are not expected to be safe from COVID. Of course, the unemployed and the employed must be entitled to a SAFE working or customer environment. You are just trying to again distract from the record that people are acting irresponsibly and it keeps the COVID free to do damage to EVERYONE. You wrote:

    “You take your responsibility to ‘protect’ others very seriously. When this is over, will you continue to wear a mask and socially distance when the seasonal flu strikes us again?”

    Another VERY false premise question, the seasonal flu does not kill about 2% of ALL infected, nor does it have a record of perhaps doing damage to as many as 30% of those infected for the “long haul”. But if it did, I have no problem saying YES to that question. In fact the Japanese and many other countries practiced mask wearing in almost a regular basis.

    Stop trying to put the blame of the damage COVID did on the ones that did TRY to prevent problems, only to have been overruled by their BOSSES over and over again. And lets continue to listen to all of the people involved now disclosing that their medical advice was tampered with by politicians in the White House all during the year of 2020 prior and even after the election.

    And one last note:

    “A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York, Researchers Report: The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/health/coronavirus-variant-nyc.html):

    “A new form of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in New York City, and it carries a worrisome mutation that may weaken the effectiveness of vaccines, two teams of researchers have found.

    The new variant, called B.1.526, first appeared in samples collected in the city in November. By the middle of this month, it accounted for about one in four viral sequences appearing in a database shared by scientists.

    One study of the new variant, led by a group at Caltech, was posted online on Tuesday. The other, by researchers at Columbia University, was published on Thursday morning.

    Neither study has been vetted by peer review nor published in a scientific journal. But the consistent results suggest that the variant’s spread is real, experts said.”

    It will take at least another 3 weeks for a peer reviewed report to be published, by then we will be 3 weeks behind in response.. I used to play a again called Plaque Inc, on my IPAD and the goal was to kill every human being on the planet. I don’t play it anymore because we have a REAL virus now that appears to be winning the REAL WORLD game. And it is because the people can’t stop complaining that the Virus is winning.

  11. “Please show me any evidence that Fauci’s two mask requirements make any sense at all.”

    I don’t know whether any Two Mask REQUIREMENTS have been issued, correct? Your question is faulty. But the facts are that people not wearing any masks has caused more infections. Just look at even the White House spreader event, the Spring Breaks of last year, the Fourth of July surge, and more. Now you claimed:

    “Fauci deliberately lied about face masks because he wanted to ‘protect’ health care workers. How many people died because of his deliberate action?”

    Again, your question is not a question at all but an allegation with no PROOF behind it. Show me when he “DELIBERATLY” lied? The unfortunate reality is a “NOVEL” virus being “NEW” and “UNKNOWN” means we do the best with what LITTLE information we have. Donald Trump ORDERED that only when the scientists had “PROOF” that something was unsafe he could issue “guidelines” regarding the public.

  12. And OVER AND OVER again during Trumps COVID press conferences Donald Trump would make a statement, and Dr. Fauci, just minutes after in the same room would have to CORRECT Trump. So again you said:

    “Is there any science that proves not wearing a mask puts others at risk?”

    The facts are that where here are people NOT wearing masks, the infection rates explode. You are just trying to distract from IRRESPONSILBE behavior that made the problem so much worse. Then you wrote:

  13. “So, Mr. Science Guy:

    What are some of the risks to long term use of face coverings?”

    Don’t you have that information? Why are you asking me to do your homework? At least for now, that seems to be the only tool we have to prevent the COVID vaccine unprotectable variants from spreading, right? What MIORACLE do you have to stop it? You said:

    “How long are you willing to not work for your PROOF to enable us lessor folk to return to their normal lives?”

    Since when does a person just for being perhaps unemployed mean that they are not expected to be safe from COVID. Of course, the unemployed and the employed must be entitled to a SAFE working or customer environment. You are just trying to again distract from the record that people are acting irresponsibly and it keeps the COVID free to do damage to EVERYONE. You wrote:

  14. “You take your responsibility to ‘protect’ others very seriously. When this is over, will you continue to wear a mask and socially distance when the seasonal flu strikes us again?”

    Another VERY false premise question, the seasonal flu does not kill about 2% of ALL infected, nor does it have a record of perhaps doing damage to as many as 30% of those infected for the “long haul”. But if it did, I have no problem saying YES to that question. In fact the Japanese and many other countries practiced mask wearing in almost a regular basis.

    Stop trying to put the blame of the damage COVID did on the ones that did TRY to prevent problems, only to have been overruled by their BOSSES over and over again. And lets continue to listen to all of the people involved now disclosing that their medical advice was tampered with by politicians in the White House all during the year of 2020 prior and even after the election.

  15. Steven Goldstein are you that dumb to say we are going to go back to purple teir have you not looked at the numbers are going down not up and the vaccine is a life saver wow you must be out of date for without the vaccine more people will die and there isn’t a blue teir only purple, red, orange, and yellow where I live and people in San Jose probably don’t comply by the rules and regulations

  16. Ksyls,

    Please consider the following:

    “Here is another update from the Journal of the American Medical Association titled “COVID-19 Vaccines vs Variants—Determining How Much Immunity Is Enough “(https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2777785). It specifically says:

    “Good Enough?

    Current COVID-19 vaccines are based on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which the virus uses to bind to and infect host cells, of the original Wuhan-hu-1. But the emerging “variants of concern”—deemed so because they appear to be more transmissible or deadlier than the wild-type SARS-CoV-2—contain mutations in the spike protein, spurring vaccine efficacy concerns.

    Trials of the Novavax, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca vaccines in South Africa, where the B.1.351 variant of concern represents virtually all of the circulating SARS-CoV-2, seemed to justify those concerns. THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIALS FOUND LOWER VACCINE EFFICACY COMPARED WITH TRIALS IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE B.1.351 WASN’T DOMINANT.

    The pivotal trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the first 2 authorized by the FDA, WERE CONDUCTED MAINLY IN THE US BEFORE ANY CASES OF INFECTION BY B.1.351 OR OTHER VARIANTS OF CONCERN HAD BEEN DETECTED IN THE COUNTRY.

    During November and December there was a CODE BLUE

  17. Much of the current data on the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines’ efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 variants has come from laboratory studies in which researchers exposed serum samples from immunized individuals to genetically engineered versions of concerning variants and then measured neutralizing antibody titers. SUCH STUDIES REPEATEDLY HAVE SHOWN THE VACCINES ELICIT LOWER LEVELS OF NEUTRALIZING ANTIBODIES AGAINST SARS-COV-2 VARIANTS THAN AGAINST OLDER, MORE COMMON ISOLATES.

    For example, in a February 17 letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists described testing serum samples from individuals immunized with 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against recombinant viruses containing some or all of the spike protein mutations found in the B.1.351 variant. NEUTRALIZATION OF B.1.351 WAS APPROXIMATELY TWO-THIRDS LOWER THAN THAT OF USA-WA1/2020, AN EARLY SARS-COV-2 ISOLATE.”

    2/3 less effective as a vaccine. REMBEMBER THAT it went on to say:

  18. “In another letter published the same day, researchers reported measuring neutralizing antibody activity in serum samples from participants in the phase 1 trial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. ONE WEEK AFTER THE PARTICIPANTS RECEIVED THE SECOND DOSE, NEUTRALIZING ANTIBODY TITERS INDUCED BY A RECOMBINANT VIRUS BEARING THE B.1.351 SPIKE PROTEIN WERE 6-FOLD LOWER THAN THOSE INDUCED BY A RECOMBINANT VIRUS BEARING THE ORIGINAL WUHAN-HU-1 SPIKE PROTEIN.”

    The Moderna vaccine was 6 TIMES less effective on the variant, REMEMBER THAT. It went on to say:

  19. “However, that still MIGHT BE SUFFICIENT to protect against COVID-19, or at least severe COVID-19.”

    MIGHT is not a good term to use if your trying to say ,let people go back to NORAL after being vaccinated, it is not a SCIENTIFIC assessment that the vaccine actually works. It went on to say:

    “Fortunately, neutralization titers induced by vaccination are high, and even with a 6-fold decrease, serum can still effectively neutralize the virus,” Fauci and 2 NIAID colleagues wrote in a JAMA editorial posted February 11. And, they noted, lower vaccine efficacy in the South African clinical trials COULD be related to geographic or population differences.”

    Again, COULD is not a scientific determination, the REALITY is that they cannot ascertain if the vaccines actually work, they need to do more SCIENTIFIC research, RIGHT? It went on to say:

  20. “Experiments vs Experience

    Without immune correlates of protection, ONLY REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE CAN PROVIDE ANSWERS ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES’ EFFICACY AGAINST ILLNESS AND DEATH FROM SARS-COV-2 VARIANTS.”

    Meaning that they just have to sit back and HOPE it doesn’t cause a explosion of more infection and death, RIGHT? It went on to say:

    ““For right now, you know that a line is crossed if you see people fully immunized with the vaccines [who], nonetheless, when infected with the variants, are being hospitalized,” Offit said at a February 4 COVID-19 Vaccine Analysis Team press briefing.

    AT FIRST GLANCE, FINDINGS FROM A PHASE 2 TRIAL OF THE OXFORD-ASTRAZENECA VACCINE IN SOUTH AFRICA SEEMED QUITE DISCOURAGING, SPURRING THAT COUNTRY TO SUSPEND ITS PLANNED ROLLOUT OF THE VACCINE. THE TRIAL FOUND THAT THE VACCINE DID NOT PROTECT AGAINST MILD TO MODERATE COVID-19 CAUSED BY THE B.1.351 VARIANT. THE FINDINGS, POSTED FEBRUARY 12, HAD NOT BEEN PEER REVIEWED.”

  21. Finally, it has been determined that the R(not) for these diseases is 1, meaning as long as one person can infect another, the infection formula will be 2 to the (X – 1) power, X representing social interactions where no proper protection for spread is present. For example if a person not showing symptoms spreads has 5 interactions in a day (leaving trace airborne virus in those locations), and those 5 interactions result in another infection, and they do the same thing that day, the formula will result in one person potentially infecting 64 people in one day.

  22. There will be no more shutdowns since it failed to control the winter surge, even a little bit. All it accomplished was to cause over 1000 businesses to fail in this County. With the County’s very successful 1400 contact tracers waiting on stand by, these types of notices will be considered as nothing more than advisories, so that scaredy cats can consider if they will seek cover.

  23. What a bunch of “Racist” flatulate this article is. First of all if you cannot call the South African variant of Covid-19 if you can’t call it the Wuhan Red Death. It is not the UK variant or the Brazilian if it is not the China virus. It is not Spanish Flu or German Measles, or Legionaries disease. That’s all Racist according to your rules.
    That’s making people in South Africa feel bad. It maybe more contagious but it dies at the hand of the vaccine just as well so far no matter where it came from at this time.
    So DR. Goldberg it’s time for you go back to your basement bunker and pull the plug on computer.

  24. THE ENGINEER you wrote:

    “There will be no more shutdowns since it failed to control the winter surge, even a little bit.”

    Actually since we have not gotten practically any Vaccine, the shut downs did their job well. You wrote:

    “All it accomplished was to cause over 1000 businesses to fail in this County.”

    They should have had the proper business insurance, or they were already a “ZOMBIE” just waiting for anything to push them into the grave. You wrote:

    “With the County’s very successful 1400 contact tracers waiting on stand by, these types of notices will be considered as nothing more than advisories, so that scaredy cats can consider if they will seek cover.”

    I hope so. But we need PROOF that that works RIGHT?

  25. M.T.GUNN you wrote:

    “What a bunch of “Racist” flatulate this article is.”

    Well that is one way to start a discussion, with no evidence as to the nature of the “flatulence” You wrote:

    “First of all if you cannot call the South African variant of Covid-19 if you can’t call it the Wuhan Red Death.”

    There is an easy difference in “BLACK AND WHITE” because you used the word RED which to compare and contrast, “SOUTH AFRICA” is either just the name of the country, or a geographical region, and VARIANT is not a derogatory term, it is a SCINETIFIC term. Your words “RED DEATH” is not even worth the comparison. You wrote:

    “It is not the UK variant or the Brazilian if it is not the China virus. It is not Spanish Flu or German Measles, or Legionaries disease. That’s all Racist according to your rules.”

    Again you disproved your own argument, no one SCIENTIFCALLY calls COVID 19 the “CHINA VIRUS”, that term has been used by people like yourself, but the SCINTISTS never did. The SCIENTISTS never used the term “Spanish Flu” they call it the “FLU PANDEMIC OF 1918” or H1N1, it was CALLED that by the NEWS media. Now the term “German Measles” was actually a completely different disease SCIENTIFICALLY the correct name was RUBELLA, again it was a NEWS MEDIA name construct, NEVER a SCIENTIFC NAME. Using a point of ORIGIN to describe a VIRAL VARIANT is not racist, just a means to properly DISTINGUISH the SPECIFIC VARIANTS. You wrote:

    “That’s making people in South Africa feel bad. It maybe more contagious but it dies at the hand of the vaccine just as well so far no matter where it came from at this time.”

    As I pointed out above, the current vaccines are not as effective on these VARIANTS. You are ASSUMING that one gets the shot and that is all they wrote. That is not really true, we have yet to have SCIENTIFIC evidence that the Vaccines ALONE are reducing new infections. What is concerning is that upon the opening up many states are already experiencing increased rates of infection again, EVEN WITH THE VACCINES.

  26. Now we have the Brazilian Variant.(https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Brazil-variant-COVID-Santa-Clara-California-16055582.php)

    “The first Bay Area case of the concerning Brazil variant of COVID-19 has been detected in a Santa Clara County resident, public health officials said.

    The variant known as P.1 is highly infectious and research has shown that it can reinfect people who have already had other strains of the virus

    P.1 was first identified in the United States in Minnesota at the end of January 2021, and 79 cases have since been detected in 18 other regions across the country, according to the CDC.

    Early research suggests the vaccines offers protection against the new variants, although they may be slightly less effective and further investigation is needed.”

    MEANING they don’t know whether the vaccines will work and they cannot say SCIENTIFICALLY how effective the vaccines are. Using the words “suggests” and “may” are not SCIENTIFIC. I remember the CDC motto:

    “What do we THINK?

    What do we KNOW?

    What can we PROVE?”

    We don’t have PROOF yet, I do hope it looks better that what I am reading.

    THese are the known ones, we still have undiscovered ones, they will take time.

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