While state health officials work on vaccine signups, doctors and researchers are focusing more of their time studying the COVID-19 variants that have sprung up – and how to be deal with them. Scientists say the variants tend to spread more quickly and are more transmissible that the original COVID virus — so how do you stop it or at least slow it? Doctor Paul Skolnik is Chair of Medicine at Carilion Clinic, and he says the best way right now is getting a COVID-19 shot as soon as you can. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones: