Despite new report, state says Mu variant hasn't been detected in Hawaii

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What You Need To Know About The ‘Mu’ Covid-19 Variant

WRCB Chattanooga 08 September, 2021 - 10:10am

COVID-19 variant mu detected in 49 states

Fox News 07 September, 2021 - 08:15am

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Fox News Medical contributor Dr. Janette Nesheiwat discusses latest concerns surrounding the Mu coronavirus variant

The news comes as the U.S. exceeded 40 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 4 million infections were reported in the last month, and the country has logged a total of at least 649,134 virus-related deaths.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, on Sunday said the delta variant represented over 99% of the cases, adding that the mu varient demonstrated mutations that "indicate that it might evade the protection from certain antibodies."

He said the mu variant was "not an immediate threat."

California logged the highest number of samples containing the mu variant, with at least 384 cases, Newsweek reported, but the total translates to 0.2% of the state’s sequenced samples. As of Sept. 3, Los Angeles County health officials announced 167 mu variant cases sequenced between June and August, with the bulk of mu cases sequenced in July. 

"The Mu variant is found to have key mutations linked to greater transmissibility and the potential to evade antibodies," a statement from LA County Public Health reads. "More studies are needed to determine whether Mu variant is more contagious, more deadly or more resistant to vaccine and treatments than other COVID-19 strains."

"The identification of variants like mu, and the spreading of variants across the globe, highlights the need for L.A. County residents to continue to take measures to protect themselves and others," Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of LA County Public Health, added in the statement. "This is what makes getting vaccinated and layering protections so important. These are actions that break the chain of transmission and limits COVID-19 proliferation that allows for the virus to mutate into something that could be more dangerous."

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