A new COVID-19 variant called “mu” has surfaced.
The mu variant, also referred to as B.1.621, is a mutation of the COVID-19 virus that is said to be more easily transmissible and more resistant to the COVID-19 vaccine.
“On Aug. 30, the World Health Organization called the mu variant a variant of interest due to its ability to be more transmissible than any of the other strain of COVID-19,” says NY Daily News.
This variant, first discovered in Colombia, has since been confirmed in at least 39 other countries, including the United States, according to CNBC. It has been found in 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, excluding Nebraska according to NY Daily News.
At the time of reporting, California is currently the U.S. state with the highest number of mu cases.
This gives further reason to continue to practice COVID-19 protocol such as wearing a mask or face covering, frequently washing your hands, frequently sanitizing surfaces, and practicing social distancing whenever possible. For more information about the various variants of the virus check out this video.
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
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