GOLF ALERT: Pandemic – It’s A Year And It’s Still There!

This time last year, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. A year later, a new study has found that a variant of the virus first detected in Britain is deadlier than other previous versions.

A study published this week in the British Medical Journal said people infected with the B.1.1.7 variant were between 30% to 100% more likely to die than others infected with other versions, with the average rate about 64%.

The B.1.1.7 variant has been detected in more than 100 countries since it was first detected last September in southeast Britain. Previous studies show the variant is far more contagious than the original version.

Brazil posted 2,286 COVID-19 related deaths this past Wednesday, another single-day record number of fatalities. The South American country is dealing with a dramatic surge of coronavirus cases driven by the new P.1 variant, which was discovered last November in the Amazonian regional city of Manaus. Researchers say the P.1 variant is 1.4 to 2.4 times more transmissible than the original version of the coronavirus, and could also reinfect people already recovering from COVID-19.

According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre, Brazil has 11.2 million of the world’s 118 million total COVID-19 infections, just third behind the United States and India, while its 270,656 deaths is second only to the U.S. and its 529,203 fatalities.

Meanwhile, more researchers have accepted a theory that once a person has had COVID-19, their immune system will mount a stronger and quicker defense once a vaccine triggers the body to start producing antibodies again.