By Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.
As much as I hate to say it folks, there is alarming news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic Saturday morning coming out the United Kingdom. Health officials in the UK are warning of a new COVID-19 strain that apparently spreads faster. Cases are surging in England at an ever-increasingly alarming rate. According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a quickly organized press conference, "The spread is being driven by the new variant of the virus. It appears to spread more easily and may be up to 70% more transmissible than the earlier strain." According to Professor Chris Whitty, who is England's chief medical officer, the new variant of COVID-19, "Can spread more quickly than previous strains of the virus."
These reports out of Britain are not only alarming for the UK, they are equally alarming for the United States and the rest of the world. With vaccinations just beginning here in the United States Michael Smerconish asks the obvious question. Are we turning a corner or miles from nowhere?