Prayer #378: For the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Strain, Now Predominant in the United States
The B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, which was first identified in the United Kingdom months ago, is now believed, as had been predicted earlier this winter by health authorities, to be the predominant form of the virus in the United States. This is considered to be a more contagious form of COVID and is thought, along with other COVID variants, to be responsible for the rise in the virus in some countries in the world and even in some U.S. states, most notably Michigan. It would seem, however, that overall in the United States the progress in vaccination has probably prevented a rise of new cases of the virus in most locations. Vaccinations have led to a dramatically decreased number of COVID-related hospitalizations. On January 6, these hospitalizations peaked at 132,474 people that were in the hospital from COVID-19 as of then. Now, as of yesterday, there are 52,610 COVID-related hospitalizations in the country. Likewise, deaths from COVID have lowered considerably, in the hundreds across the nation rather than the thousands earlier this year. Presently, just over 19% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated.
We want to continue to pray that the increased vaccinations in the U.S. would prevent any possible rise in COVID-19 due to the more transmittable COVID variant now abundantly present. We indeed want to thank God for His mercies, as we see hospitalizations and deaths from COVID continue to decrease in our country.
Ps. 95:4: "For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods."