"The UK variant is more transmissible,” said Brian Spencer, the pharmacy service line manager at Deaconess Health System.
The Covid variant, also known as B.1.1. 7, was first tracked in the Tri-State in late January by Deaconess. Now, it makes up the majority of cases in our community.
Doctors say the variant is also more easily contractible for the younger generation.
"We're seeing it in the younger patients now,” Spencer said. “And it's also got a higher viral load -- so we don't want those younger, healthy patients to end up in the hospital."
25-year-old Matt Arnold says he isn’t concerned about the variant impacting his health.
"I have a better chance of fighting it,” he said.
Doctors say it’s important to stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.
"So, we want to make sure we cap down on any more variants,” Spencer said. “Any more mutations, and get as many people vaccinated as we can."
Even though the state wide mask mandate has come to an end Indiana, health officials still reccomend wearing yours.
The companies distributing vaccines say their research shows that vaccines are effective against most variants -- however boosters may be needed.