MILWAUKEE — There are growing concerns over a new mutant strain of Covid-19 that’s emerging in the United Kingdom, which may already be stateside.
Medical experts, however, are telling people there is no evidence that this new strain is more dangerous than the one we’re already dealing with.
“It just may spread more easily,” said Medical College of Wisconsin President and CEO Dr. John Raymond on Wisconsin’s Afternoon News. “We’ve actually seen this before with other mutants that appear to be more easily spread.”
Dr. Raymond also believes that the recently approved vaccines will be effective when combatting the mutated virus.
“There’s always a theoretical concern when a virus mutates that your vaccine may not be as effective,” he said. “In this case, most experts believe the vaccines will be perfectly fine and they’ll be able to block these new strains.”
Healthcare providers are also issuing warnings about allergic reactions to the current vaccines.
At least three people in Alaska suffered allergic reactions after receiving the Pfizer vaccine.
“People carrying EpiPens, or who have severe food or medication allergies should consult with their healthcare provider before they get these vaccines,” Dr. Raymond said.
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