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A new strain of COVID-19 has been found in the United States. Twice the death rate

Scientists in the US have reported that this particular virus raged in New York last year. It's been dubbed “Iota.”

A new mutation COVID-19 has been found which is twice as deadly as the one that caused the critical situation. It was what caused the critical situation with the coronavirus in New York late last year.

This was reported by the journal Medical News.

The mutation was identified by scientists from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Mailman School of Public Health. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, who recently published their findings. They called their finding “iota”.

How Often the Iota Kills

In a study that lasted more than six months, the scientists found

— Iota virus killed 82 percent more often than previously known variants of COVID-19;
— among patients aged 45-64 years, the mortality rate increased by 46%;
— among those 65-74 years old, an 82% increase in mortality;
— people over 75 years of age were 62% more likely to die of the iota virus than from other coronavirus mutations.

It was found that the rate of coronavirus spread in the New York City area where the iota variant was found was significantly higher than in other areas. It only increased over time — the contagiousness of the mutation was 15-25% higher than that of previously identified variants of the coronavirus. Scientists believe that the iota variant can overcome immunity in people who have previously been infected with COVID-19 in 10% of cases.

History of COVID-19 mutations

This is not the first mutation that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (better known to us as COVID-19) has undergone.

In March of this year, a so-called British strain of the coronavirus was spreading around the world.

In April, a new strain of coronavirus was discovered in Africa, which was thought to contain up to 40 mutations.

In May, an outbreak of COVID-19 swept India, which was associated with a double mutation of the virus.

In March, a new strain of coronavirus was reported in France. It was found in the historical region of Alsace.

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