What does the detection of the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 mean for campus?

Though the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 was recently detected for the first time in Dane County, public health experts have operated under the assumption it was already here since it first appeared in other parts of the state. Evidence suggests the B.1.1.7 variant may be more contagious, but the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — limiting in-person gatherings; wearing a two-layer, well-fitting face covering, maintaining 6 feet of distance from others; frequent handwashing; isolating yourself if you have symptoms or test positive; quarantining if you’re a close contact — remain the best ways to keep yourself and our community safe. We continue to reinforce the importance of adhering to these practices.

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