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The ‘original’ COVID-19 is essentially gone

The Orange County Register, Oct. 24, 2021

October 24, 2021

The ‘original’ COVID-19 is essentially gone

So, what happened to the “original” virus? … “It has been displaced. Elbowed out of the way by the newer, more competitive strains,” said Andrew Noymer, [public health associate professor and], infectious-disease epidemiologist … at UC Irvine who studies infectious diseases. … “What’s worrying me about the upcoming winter wave is not so much the variants — it’s that we need more people vaccinated,” said UCI’s Noymer. “Seventy-five percent is not good enough to protect some age groups.”