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UK variant of mutant coronavirus is likely already in the US

If you thought the holiday-fueled coronavirus outbreak couldn’t be more frightening, public health experts said Monday they feared what could be a more transmissible mutation spreading in England is already on our shores .

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pulled the trigger on the UK’s tightest lockdown since March this weekend, drawing attention to what some experts saw as an even more contagious variant of the coronavirus. A wave of panic from European neighbors followed, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a ban on flights from the UK to stem the tide.

“Today that variant gets on a plane and lands at JFK,” Cuomo said Sunday. “How many times in your life have you to make the same mistake before you learn?”

But the mutation is not a reason for drastically changing course in the fight against the pandemic, public health experts told The Daily Beast on Monday. Indeed, a new variant was both an anticipated hurdle and a hurdle for which vaccine developers were prepared.

And while it may be politically attractive to call for border restrictions, experts have said that even if such strategies are implemented before there is a trace of a variant, these measures are not. not particularly effective.

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