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Erie Times E-Edition Article-New COVID strain could mean stricter precautions

Posted by M. C. on January 8, 2021

Kicking the fear factor up a notch. The 6 feet rule was supposedly based on the physics of particulate travel in air. Whatever emanates from your nose, mass, velocity and drag cause it to drop to the ground in 6 feet.

This new virus strain gives your nose super powers allowing particulates to double their range. Maybe this is the New Physics.

Be afraid! Be very Afraid!

David Bruce Erie Times-News USA TODAY NETWORK The arrival of a new COVID-19 variant in Pennsylvania likely means that people will need to take stricter precautions to reduce their risk of catching it.

A confirmed case of the variant, which was first discovered in England in December, was found in the south-central portion of the state, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, M.D., said Thursday. The infected person had traveled internationally.

This new variant is more highly contagious than the most common COVID-19 strain seen, said Howard Nadworny, M.D., a Saint Vincent Hospital infectious diseases specialist.

‘Whereas (staying) six feet (apart) might have been a way to decrease your risk with the old strain, you probably need to be 10 to 12 feet away,’ Nadworny said. ‘And (instead of) a 15-minute exposure, an eight- or 10-minute exposure might be enough for infection.’

Fortunately, preliminary studies show that the new strain isn’t immune from the COVID-19 vaccines, Nadworny said.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper on Thursday reported 168 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death due to the new coronavirus.

Erie County has 12,599 total cases of COVID-19 and 299 deaths since the pandemic started.

A total of 102 county residents with COVID-19 were hospitalized Wednesday evening, an increase from 60 residents from Tuesday night, the state health department reported. However, 100 county residents were reported hospitalized Monday evening, so the Tuesday night total might not have been accurate.

Forty-seven of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units Wednesday night and 11 of them needed ventilators.

A total of 51,546 negative COVID-19 tests have been reported in the county through Wednesday evening.

Statewide, 9,698 new cases were reported, increasing Pennsylvania’s total number of cases to 693,087. There were 265 new deaths across the state.

Contact David Bruce at Follow him on Twitter @ETNBruce.

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