UK COVID-19 variant rises to prominence in US, study finds

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According to a study published in the preprint server medRxiv, the COVID-19 variant — coined the B.1.1.7 variant — is doubling in the U.S. every 9.8 days. The study predicts that, by March, this variant will become the most common strain in the U.S.

As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its one-year mark, the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom has been rapidly spreading throughout the U.S., a recent study found.
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