Despite scientists' insistence that mutated strains of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus had little significance, so-called "variants" discovered in the UK and South Africa have been found to be more infectious than the original. And while vaccine makers insist that their jabs will be just as effective against these hyper-infectious strains, the reality is there isn't much data to comfortably back up these assertions.
And while the world waits to see just how effective the various coronavirus vaccines will be in practice, members of Joe Biden's coronavirus task force have warned that dangerous mutant strains that have yet to be isolated might already be spreading across the US.
A report sent by the WH task force to various US states dated Jan. 3 warns of the possibility of a "USA variant", which might explain Thursday's record-breaking tally of new deaths (more than 4K).
"This fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rise of cases as the spring and summer surges. This acceleration suggests there may be a USA variant that has evolved here, in addition to the UK variant that is already spreading in our communities and may be 50% more transmissible," the report said.
The task force called for "aggressive mitigation...to match a much more aggressive virus" - which of course includes more restrictive lockdown measures and mandatory mask-wearing.
"Without uniform implementation of effective face masking (two or three ply and well-fitting) and strict social distancing, epidemics could quickly worsen as these variants spread and become predominant."
Once again, we feel justified in asking: are these warnings legitimate, or is this just another 'white lie' cooked up by Dr. Fauci and the White House task force to scare Americans into compliance?