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What You Should Know about the New Coronavirus Strain

A new strain of coronavirus that emerged in the United Kingdom in September 2020 has been identified in the United States as of December 28, 2020. So far, 33 countries have detected this new strain, known as B.1.1.7. This new variant strain of SAR-CoV-2 is predicted to be more contagious than other coronavirus strains, according to the CDC (cdc.gov). Currently, there is no evidence that the new strain causes more severe illness or a higher risk of death. Scientists are working to gather data to better understand the spread of this new strain.

How has COVID-19 mutated?

Mutations in the new strain appear to affect the spike proteins on the outer covering of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. These spike proteins make it easier for the virus to attach to human cells in the nose and invade the body. "It’s able to bind to the receptors on cells better, and therefore is transmitted better," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said last month (usatoday.com).

Slowing the Spread

Taking serious COVID-19 precautions continues to be an important safety measure in the new year. This includes mask-wearing, physical distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene. Infectious disease experts explain that the virus will continue to mutate as long as people are infected. (hopkinsmedicine.org) Partner with professional disinfection experts to help keep you and your business safe.

How ServiceMaster Clean Can Help

ServiceMaster Clean can provide your business with professional cleaning and disinfecting services. Following the latest CDC recommendations and using EPA registered List N products, such as SaniMaster 7, you can rest assured that you are receiving the leading edge of disinfection. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Association for the Healthcare environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA), and can parlay healthcare-quality cleaning in any space.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-emerging-variant.html

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/a-new-strain-of-coronavirus-what-you-should-know

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/01/02/new-covid-strain-b-117-explained/4112125001/

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