I thought this graph shows us just how quickly this new variant is growing and replacing the other variants. It's been calculated to be 71% more infectious than other variant but there is no evidence so far that the new coronavirus variant in the UK causes more severe disease or that it can evade the protection conferred by any of the vaccines.
In order to stay safe it's even more important than ever that we avoid close social contact with other which is particularly sad news at this time of year.
However, Dr Emma Hodcroft, who is a virus tracker in Switzerland reminds us "No matter how the virus changes, it needs us to be close enough to each other and to have interactions to let it jump between us. If we don’t give the virus those opportunities, it simply can’t spread no matter what variant it is.”
Her Twitter account is @firefoxx66
Lots more information here from New Scientist: newscientist.com/article/22...
Read more from BBC: bbc.co.uk/news/health-55388846
Have a safe and happy Christmas