New, potentially more contagious coronavirus variant found in California, Newsom says

The new, potentially more contagious variant of the coronavirus identified in Britain has been found in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.


It's unclear where precisely the variant was found, but Newsom said it was somewhere in Southern California.

The first reported U.S. case of COVID-19 caused by that particular coronavirus strain was detected in Colorado, officials there announced Tuesday.


Though there are some signs this strain is able to more easily spread, "there’s no indication at all that it increases the virulence … the ability to make you sick or kill you. It doesn’t seem to make it more strong in that regard," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a conversation with Newsom.

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