NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — On March 5, 2020 Tennessee saw its first case of the Coronavirus. Almost a full year later, we're now seeing new, more contagious strains.
"That's what we're seeing in new variant strain in not just the U.K., South Africa, Brazil that some of them are able to reproduce or replicate in human body to higher-level more transmissible, more contagious," said Dr. David Aronoff, with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The “B.1.1.7” variant strain of the coronavirus is expected to be the dominant strain in the state by next month. Dr. Aronoff says we could see a resurgence if we let our guards down.
It's why some doctors are saying to wear two masks instead of just one. Two masks would provide a better filter.
"It's also reasonable to go an extra step and add a second mask," Dr. Aronoff said. "For example, people want to add a disposable surgical type of mask underneath or on top of cloth making sure there is a good fit around the face and they're aren't major gaps."
If you're using a cloth face covering, the CDC recommends washing it after every use. If you have a disposable face mask, throw it away after wearing it once.
The best way to slow the spread is to stay home. If you do go out for groceries or medicine, limit your time doing errands. You should cover your face, socially distance, and wash your hands as soon as you get home.