What all do we know about the Delta variant so far? Delta is classified as a variant of concern as per WHO and is being tracked and monitored around the world. It has increased transmissivity, which can be seen in the Countries that have come in contact with The Delta variant, it spreads even more rapidly than the Alpha variant that was detected around December.
The increased social mixing and increased social mobility is a factor that will contribute to increasing its transmission all around the world.
What are the 5 things to be known about the Delta Variant?
Delta variant is highly contagious than any other virus strains currently identified – It is currently reported that 96 countries have been affected by this variant. The delta variant spreads at 50% faster speeds than the Alpha, which was 50% more contagious than SARS-CoV-2’s original strain. It has also been listed as a “Variant of Concern” by the CDC too.
Delta variant could lead towards ‘hyperlocal outbreaks.’ – If Delta does continue to spread fast enough it will accelerate the pandemic. Where you live and how many people in your location are vaccinated will majorly affect the spread of the variant. Experts do believe the U.S. is in a good position, as it has relatively high vaccination rates. A low-vaccination town that is surrounded by high vaccination areas could end up with the virus contained within its borders and ultimately causing a hyperlocal outbreak.
Unvaccinated people are at far greater risk – Those who haven’t been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are at greater risk than those who are vaccinated. The U.S. and a number of other countries have either authorized vaccines for adolescents and young children or considerations are being done.
Vaccination is the best option available – The best thing that has to be done for the protection of oneself is to get fully vaccinated as suggested by the doctors. Even if you’re vaccinated, if you find yourself in a crowd with unvaccinated people, you must put your mask on and maintain social distancing. Still Unvaccinated but eligible for the vaccine, the best thing you can do is get vaccinated.
There is still much more to uncover about Delta – Will the Delta strain make you sicker than the original virus, many scientists say they don’t have the answer for it yet. Headaches, sore throat, runny nose, and fever are most prominent in the recent surveys conducted in the U.K., which has more than 90% of cases due to the Delta strain. Risk is significantly lower if you’re vaccinated.
There are a lot of questions like Will vaccinated people need booster shots to protect against Delta? Which still remain unanswered. It would be safe for everyone if precautions and vaccinations are taken as suggested by WHO or CDC. The uneven and inequitable distribution of vaccines also doesn’t help in dowsing down the cases.
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