Prayer #324: For the First Appearance of the South African COVID-19 Mutation in North Carolina
The first confirmed case in North Carolina of the South African mutation of COVID-19 was announced yesterday. This variant, called B.1.351, which was first detected in South Africa in December, is believed by health experts to be more transmissible than the original strain of the virus, and also more virulent, which would mean, if this is so, that it could cause more severe illness. The person in NC that was infected with this newer variant had not had recent travel history. North Carolina is the sixth state to have a case with this mutation. The others are California, Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland, and Texas. "While we anticipated the arrival of the B.1.351 variant in NC, it's a reminder that the fight against COVID-19 is not over," Mandy K. Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. "The emergence of the variants that are more infectious means it's more important than ever to do what we know works to slow the spread---wear a mask, wash your hands, wait 6 feet apart, and get vaccinated when it's your turn."
Pray indeed for more supplies of vaccination to reach North Carolina and that the pace of vaccination here would pick up considerably. Thus far, as of yesterday, 1.63 million doses of vaccine have been given. Continue to pray that the new variants of COVID-19 would not multiply fast, here in North Carolina and elsewhere.
Ps. 94:22: "But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge."