COVID-19 Gamma Variant (P.1)

What is the Gamma Variant of SARS-CoV-2?

The Gamma variant, also known as P.1, is a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that was first identified in Brazil in December 2020. It is one of the most contagious variants of the virus and is thought to be more transmissible than the original strain. The Gamma variant has been identified in over 100 countries around the world, including the United States.

The Gamma variant has a number of mutations that make it more contagious and resistant to some of the monoclonal antibody treatments that are used to treat COVID-19. The Gamma variant may also be more likely to cause reinfection in people who have already had COVID-19 and to cause severe illness in children.


COVID-19 Gamma Variant (P.1) FAQs

Is the Gamma variant more dangerous than other variants?

There is no evidence that the Gamma variant is more dangerous than other variants of COVID-19, but it is more contagious. This means that it is more likely to spread from person to person.

How does the Gamma variant spread?

The Gamma variant spreads in the same way as other variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 caused by the Gamma variant?

The symptoms of the Gamma variant are similar to the symptoms of other variants of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

How can I protect myself from the Gamma variant?

The best way to protect yourself from the Gamma variant is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19, including the Gamma variant.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you can also protect yourself from the Gamma variant by wearing a mask in public indoor settings, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently.

What should I do if I think I have the Gamma variant?

If you think you may have been exposed to the Gamma variant, you should get tested for COVID-19. Testing is available at most doctor's offices, urgent care centers, and pharmacies.


If you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate yourself from others and follow the instructions of your healthcare provider.

Is there a treatment for the Gamma variant?

There is no specific treatment for the Gamma variant, but there are treatments available to help relieve the symptoms of COVID-19. Your healthcare provider can recommend the best treatment for you.

How effective are vaccines against the Gamma variant?

Studies have shown that vaccines are effective against the Gamma variant. However, the effectiveness may be reduced compared to other variants.

What is the outlook for the Gamma variant?

The Gamma variant is a contagious variant of COVID-19, but it is important to remember that the vaccine is highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus. By getting vaccinated and following other public health measures, you can help protect yourself and others from the Gamma variant.

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