A medical team intubates a COVID-19 patient at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif, Feb 8, 2021. A variant first discovered in California in December is more contagious than earlier forms of the coronavirus, two new studies have shown, fuelling concerns that emerging mutants like this one could hamper the sharp decline in cases over all in the state and perhaps elsewhere. Daniel Dreifuss/The New York Times

A new virus variant is
spreading in NY: experts

The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists say