Mayo Clinic shares information on new COVID-19 variant

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- As the COVID-19 Delta Variant continues to surge, the World Health Organization is monitoring a new variant called MU.

Mayo Health Doctors tell News 8 that it’s not the dominant strand in the U.S. or anywhere else.

MU was first detected in January 2021 in Colombia.

Mutations of the original COVID-19 variant have been emerging since the pandemic began.

It’s still too early to tell how dangerous the new variant is, but it’s still something scientists will keep an eye on.

“The delta variant is really the predominant strain everywhere at this point. And while it is important that scientists and public health officials keep an eye on this, we’re still in a space right now where the mu variant is something to keep an eye on for the future rather than a concern,” said Mayo Clinic Infectious Disease Physician, Dr. John O’Horo.

Health experts say that the further these variants change from the original, the more concern there is that they may evade immune systems.

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