SARS-CoV-2 Variant surveillance
Variants of SARS-CoV-2 first detected in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), and Brazil (P.1) may increase transmissibility or escape immune responses. Our group, in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Health, has intensified the genomic surveillance of variants of SARS-CoV-2 in our region. We detected B.1.1.7 in Connecticut on January 7, 2021.
We developed a PCR protocol to screen for B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1 for targeted sequencing.
Yale SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance Initiatives
We’re using a variety of tools, including viral sequencing, case surveillance, test development, and wastewater surveillance, in order to learn more about how SARS-CoV-2 is spreading in Connecticut.