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Spread of COVID-19 variants raises concern in 2-state region



AUGUSTA, Ga. – While it looks like COVID-19 cases are falling in the country, top health officials are worried new strains will lead to another surge.

Some experts in the two-state region believe the U.K. variant will become the most dominant in Georgia and South Carolina.

Among them is Georgia Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis.

“Viruses always change,” Davis said. “That’s the reason we have to get a flu shot every year, is because the flu viruses change.”

Davis said it isn’t surprising that the coronavirus has changed. But he said what is unusual is that it has gotten stronger. Viruses typically get weaker with time. But he said these new variants are much more contagious and may even be more deadly.