02/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2021 17:54
The emerging variants CDC is closely monitoring have mutations in the virus genome that alter the characteristics and cause the virus to act differently in ways that are significant to public health (e.g., causes more severe disease, spreads more easily between humans, requires different treatments, changes the effectiveness of current vaccines). It's important to understand that genetic mutations are expected, and some variants can spread and become predominant while others subside.
02/11/21 - To maintain a limited number of colors and allow for an easier comparison between states, the data ranges have changed from 1-50 to 1-100.
*The cases identified above are based on a sampling of SARS-CoV-2-positive specimens and do not represent the total number of B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1 lineage cases that may be circulating in the United States and may not match numbers reported by states, territories, tribes, and local officials.
†Numbers will be updated on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday by 7:00 pm.