UK strain of COVID-19 found in Indiana

The Indiana Department of Health says a new strain of the virus, first identified in the UK, has been found in Indiana. The new strain is more easily spread, health officials said.

“It’s common for viruses to mutate, and we are seeing that occur with COVID-19,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Because this strain of the virus can be transmitted more easily, it’s more important than ever that Hoosiers continue to wear their masks, practice social distancing, maintain good hygiene and get vaccinated when they are eligible.”

Health officials say the strain is more easily spread, but doesn’t cause more severe infections.

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