(JustPatriots.com)- Dr. Anthony Fauci might just have a brand-new reason to tell you to stay at home and start wearing masks again – a brand new variant.
The World Health Organization announced last week that a new “Mu” variant of COVID-19 has become a “variant of interest.” It was first detected in a patient in Columbia in January this year, but has since been discovered in 39 different countries across Europe and South America.
While it has rarely been seen in the United States, the variant is now one to watch according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
During a Thursday news briefing, Fauci said that even though the variant has not “taken hold to any extent here,” he is always paying attention to variants. He also explained how laboratory data has revealed that the Mu variant is made up of a “constellation of mutations,” which means that it may even evade certain antibodies.
That means that people who are already vaccinated or perhaps previously infected by COVID-19, might be vulnerable to the new virus.
He did say, though, that there is not yet enough clinical data available to confirm this – but he stressed that he did not want to downplay the seriousness of the virus.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC, stressed the fact that over 99% of new cases of COVID-19 have been the Delta variant of the virus, and said that they are “watching it carefully.”
As the Delta variant sweeps across the United States, many people may be hoping that this could finally mark the end of the pandemic. But what happens if Mu takes hold?