Prayer #299: For New COVID-19 Variants Appearing in the United States
The mutated strain of COVID-19 that has appeared in the United Kingdom in the last two months is now showing up in various places in the world, including the United States. In California, health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to investigate the new variant, L452R, also called B.1.1.7, in which there are several mutations on the surface spike protein which the virus employs to infect cells. This variant may have first appeared in Denmark, and since then has been observed in various counties in California and in 14 other states (including Colorado, Indiana, New York, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). The largest California outbreaks of this strain have been in Santa Clara County, where Silcon Valley is located. This new variant is believed to be 50-70% more transmittable than the original strain of COVID-19. It is not yet known if this strain will be resistant to the vaccines. Health officials are fairly confident at this point that vaccines will be effective against this new mutation.
Pray for virological researchers who are looking at this new strain of COVID-19. Pray that God would give them wisdom and discernment, especially as they run tests and make determinations as to the effectiveness of the new vaccines against this new mutation. Continue to pray that as more people are vaccinated, the COVID-19 virus would begin to subside.
Ps. 25:15: "My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only He will release my feet from the snare."