What you should know about the California COVID-19 variant

Researchers are sounding the alarm about a COVID-19 variant found in California, warning that emerging evidence shows it could possibly be deadlier, more transmissible and more resistant to vaccines. The strain, known as B.1.427/B.1.429 or CAL.20C, was discovered by two separate research teams earlier this year. While the studies are…

New coronavirus variant surging in California

(HealthDay)—A coronavirus variant first identified in California is more contagious than previous forms of the virus and is spreading across the state, two new studies show. One study revealed that compared with other variants, this variant produces twice as many viral particles inside the body and may be better at…

Southern california is origin of new COVID-19 variant

(HealthDay)—A new variant of COVID-19 found in Southern California is coursing across the United States and around the world, a new study finds. The variant—called CAL.20C—was first found in July in Los Angeles County. It reappeared in Southern California in October, then spread in November and December, with a regional…

COVID in California: 2 million confirmed cases and counting

California became the first state to record 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases, reaching the milestone on Christmas Eve as nearly the entire state was under a strict stay-at-home order and hospitals were flooded with the largest crush of cases since the pandemic began. A tally by Johns Hopkins University showed…