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The COVID-19 Delta variant is the most prominent strain in the United States. This is what you need to know.
The COVID-19 Delta variant is on everyone’s mind. Although several countries have made great strides in inoculating their populations, this variant has appeared in several places, including the US.
Here’s what you need to know about this COVID-19 strain:
Why do people care?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Delta variant can spread more easily than the original coronavirus. It has mutations in the ear protein that facilitate person-to-person transmission, infecting human cells more quickly.
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According to the Washington Post, the Delta variant is 50% more contagious than the original coronavirus, and each infected person spreads it to three or four people. In June, the Delta variant was the most prominent strain in the United States
What about the symptoms?
While the degree of infection is worrisome, when it comes to symptoms, the Delta variant is very similar to the original form of the virus. There is persistent cough, headache, fever and sore throat.
Data from the United Kingdom, which has been following the development of the Delta variant since before the United States, shows that there was less prevalence of cough and loss of smell. The most commonly reported symptoms included runny nose, headache, fever, and sore throat.
Is it more deadly?
The delta variant is significantly more dangerous for people who are not vaccinated. Communities with low vaccination rates have experienced significant jumps in cases over the past few weeks in areas such as the Midwest and the South. For vaccinated people, infections are rare. Two doses of the Modern and Pfizer vaccine were effective against 88% of diseases and 96% against hospitalizations.
When it comes to their mortality, UK data show that this variant is more likely to result in hospitalizations and deaths, especially among those who are not vaccinated.
Do we have to mask ourselves again?
There are different opinions about it. Although the CDC advised that only unvaccinated people remain masked, the WHO suggests that everyone wear masks. On behalf of the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke CBS News. “If there are changes that encourage a change in the recommendation, that will happen,” he said. “But for now, the CDC’s recommendation is that if you’re actually completely vaccinated, you’re protected and you don’t need to wear a mask outdoors or indoors.”
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