Dr. Rob Danoff Joins Eyewitness News To Discuss New COVID-19 Variant – CBS Kitchener
kitchener (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant in the state on Thursday. This confirmed case is in Dauphin County.
On Friday, Dr. Rob Danoff joined Eyewitness News to talk about this new strain.
What do health professionals know about this new strain of the virus?
Dr. Danoff says we currently know in at least seven states, what we do know is that they are just over 25 to 50% more contagious than the other strain. So it is easily transmitted from person to person.
But the good news is that experts believe that people who have had the virus before and have recovered have good immunity, and health experts believe the vaccines will do the same.
Do the current vaccines offer additional protection against this new variant?
Dr. Danoff says these vaccines detect slight changes in a virus.
Because of the minor changes in the strain found in the UK, vaccine manufacturers believe their vaccines will cover this pretty well. However, there are ongoing studies.
On Thursday evening, it was reported that Sixers security guard Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19. So what is the likelihood that more players will get the virus?
According to Dr. Danoff “very high”. This is because he was playing on the court and breathing very hard during the game. He also says curry could have been contagious a day if not two before testing positive.
Although the NBA is running rapid tests, Dr. Danoff that we’ll see more cases within the team or even the Brooklyn Nets.
Check out the video to hear the full interview.
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