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The Copa América brought a new variant of coronavirus to Brazil | Digital Trends Spanish

The Copa América not only left Brazil with the sadness of losing the final, but also with the appearance of a new variant of coronavirus in the host country, coming from Colombia.

This is variant B.1.621 and depending on the site Status, the people who arrived with this variant in Brazil had no symptoms and complied with all the required isolation protocols.

This variant was first detected in Colombia and is believed to circulate in more than a dozen countries, including the United States, Spain, and now Brazil. However, it had previously been ruled out as a variant of Colombian origin, since its place of origin is not exactly known.

Likewise, variant B.1.621 is not among the strains of interest in the World Health Organization classification, nor has it been categorized up to now as one of the most lethal that exist.

#HiloINS🧵About news that circulates today:
1. There is no Colombian strain.
B1.621 is a declared VOI lineage circulating in the United States
Curacao, Mexico, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Colombia and surely in more countries. (Follow) 👇

& mdash; National Institute of Health (@INSColombia) June 4, 2021

Likewise, the WHO changed the way of naming the variants, leaving aside the name of the country to identify it; in this way, stigmatization is avoided, especially taking into account that previously the names of countries were only used to recognize research on strains and not because they come from a specific geographical area.

In any case, it remains to be seen if the Copa América in Brazil will leave any other consequence in relation to the covid. The final of last Saturday, July 10, was played with an audience in the stadium with limited capacity; In addition, in Argentina massive crowds were generated for the post-triumph celebration.

It is likely that in a few weeks it will be known how much the closure of the cup may have affected the spread of the virus.

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