This is more bad news regarding the Coronavirus - in a report just out (but not peer reivewed) suggests that the new strain which came from Europe is more contagious and spreads faster, and can re-infect. Therefore way more dangerous.
My note: I understand that perhaps NYC and that area has had the European strain, and the West Coast has the less virulent strain - IMHO, but anything fast spreading knows no borders.
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. Also noting that - the "report’s authors said they felt an “urgent need for an early warning”
In addition to spreading faster, it may make people vulnerable to a second infection after a first bout with the disease, the report warned.
The 33-page report was posted Thursday on BioRxiv, a website that researchers use to share their work before it is peer reviewed, an effort to speed up collaborations with scientists working on COVID-19 vaccines or treatments. That research has been largely based on the genetic sequence of earlier strains and might not be effective against the new one.
The mutation identified in the new report affects the now infamous spikes on the exterior of the coronavirus, which allow it to enter human respiratory cells. The report’s authors said they felt an “urgent need for an early warning” so that vaccines and drugs under development around the world will be effective against the mutated strain.
Wherever the new strain appeared, it quickly infected far more people than the earlier strains that came out of Wuhan, China, and within weeks it was the only strain that was prevalent in some nations, according to the report. The new strain’s dominance over its predecessors demonstrates that it is more infectious, according to the report, though exactly why is not yet known.
Biorxiv Report - not peer reviewed but if true means more trouble containing this virus