UPDATED 6:00 PM PT – Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Global health officials have stirred up a new wave of COVID-19 fears with the so-called Lambda variant. According to University of Chile, the Lambda variant has spread across Latin American countries and may be resistant to COVID-19 vaccines.
The new variant was first reported in Peru of August last year, but has recently become a potential global threat after emerging in various countries at similar times. Scientists report the new strain may be more infectious, but there is no evidence that it is more dangerous.
“For the moment, there is no evidence to suggest a more aggressive behavior for Lambda variant,” Jairo Mendez of the Pan American Health Organization explained. “It is possible that the transmission capability is increased. This is a phenomenon that is not well studied and documented and we can’t do a comparison between other variants such as Gamma and Delta.”
Why #LambdaVariant? Well, think of variants like named tropical storms.
Not all of them become hurricanes, not all of them hit the US. Some fizzle out, some become problematic in other parts of the world.
— Jorge A. Caballero, MD (@DataDrivenMD) July 4, 2021
This comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the World Health Organization and others made calls to reimpose face masks and quarantine mandates. Fauci has recently flipped his position on masks by suggesting vaccinated Americans continue to wear masks in lower vaccinated areas.
There has been no cases of the Lambda variant in the U.S. so far. However, analysts say the Biden border crisis and an influx of illegal migrants from Mexico may bring the new strain into the U.S. and possibly justify new lockdowns.