Scientists say a now-dominant strain of the coronavirus appears to be more contagious than original

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An image from an electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists say this version of the coronavirus has mutated and become more contagious.
(Associated Press)

Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The new strain appeared in February in Europe, migrated quickly to the East Coast of the United States and has been the dominant strain across the world since mid-March, the scientists wrote.

In addition to spreading faster, it may make people vulnerable to a second infection after a first bout with the disease, the report warned.

Read more here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-05/mutant-coronavirus-has-emerged-more-contagious-than-original?utm_source=sfmc_100035609&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News+Alert%3a+A+mutant+coronavirus+has+emerged%2c+even+more+contagious+than+the+original%2c+study+says+-+0&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.latimes.com%2fcalifornia%2fstory%2f2020-05-05%2fmutant-coronavirus-has-emerged-more-contagious-than-original&utm_id=6116&sfmc_id=1409945

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