Boston Doctor Says UK COVID Variant Has Likely Been Circulating in Mass. For Weeks

 Boston Doctor Says UK COVID Variant Has Likely Been Circulating in Mass. For Weeks

Massachusetts announced its first confirmed case of the new, more contagious COVID variant on Sunday, but some medical experts in the state say they aren’t surprised.

Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett with Boston Medical Center says it may not even be the first case.

“The fact that we just identified it yesterday in Massachusetts doesn’t mean that this is our first case,” Gergen Barnett said. “I think that likely we have had this circulating in our population for a few weeks.”

Public health officials have said the woman infected with the new strain first identified in the U.K. is in her early 20s.

She’s a Boston resident who flew back from the U.K. on Jan. 3, with a two-hour layover at Logan Airport, before traveling on to another state where she has remained.

She tested negative for COVID before leaving the U.K., but became sick a day after she returned.

After flying from the Unite

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