Dept. of Public Health, Yale researchers study spread of UK variant in Connecticut

The state Department of Public Health is working with Yale researchers to see how far the more transmissible UK variant of COVID-19 has spread in Connecticut.

News 12 Staff

Jan 8, 2021, 11:09 PM

Updated 1,263 days ago

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The state Department of Public Health is working with Yale researchers to see how far the more transmissible UK variant of COVID-19 has spread in Connecticut.
Researcher Joseph Fauver says the Yale School of Public Health has been performing RNA sequencing on COVID-19 samples since the early days of the pandemic.
He says genetic sequencing will help pinpoint where and how the virus has spread so residents can be more prepared in the future.
"It's not the answer in and of itself, but it's another piece of data that we can have in our arsenal so we can see how this virus is spreading within our state, within the country and around the world,” says Fauver.
Researchers say two cases of the new variant have been found in the state so far.


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