By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 13, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Two new studies out of Britain find that although the now-dominant “U.K. variant” of the new coronavirus does spread more quickly, it does not appear to lead to more severe disease in those made ill.
The findings should help allay fears that more patients will die after infection with the variant, officially labeled B.1.1.7.
Scientists published the findings online April 12 in two Lancet journals.
However, experts in the United States stressed that the findings are not yet conclusive, and certainly no reason for people to relax their vigilance against SARS-CoV-2.
“We should interpret these findings cautiously, as there is conflicting evidence about the severity [of disease] with similar numbers,” said Dr. Eric Cioe-Peña, who directs global health at Northwell Health, in New Hyde Park, N.Y.
“The take-home message is again clear: B.1.1.7 is a more contagious variant