Covid-19 Variation: Past, Present, And Future

This is the first in a three-part series examining the past, present, and future of the pandemic and viral variants.

For the last year and a half, we’ve been consumed by successive waves of Covid-19 both in the United States and around the world. We have witnessed the rise of variants that are both more transmissible and more dangerous. Now as the fourth wave in the United States, driven by the Delta variant may be on the wane, it is time to reflect on our past and contemplate the future. In this three-part series on viral variants, we look at what has happened, what is happening, and what the future might hold.

By late January and early February 2020, the Chinese government sounded the alarm: there is a new infectious coronavirus that is highly transmissible and more lethal than Influenza. There were private communications at the highest level between the US and the Chinese government that the coronavirus was likely airborne. In reaction, the Chinese government took swift and rigorous action to contain the virus through stringent public health measures, including identification of those exposed and infected, as well as the implementation of aggressive quarantine strategies not only of individuals but in some cases entire cities and provinces. That prompt action contained the coronavirus within China and continues to contain it to this day.

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