What exactly is the Delta variant and why is it such a big deal? Why does it seem to have so many scientists in an uproar? It really does seem to have the whole world talking, but why?
Is the Delta variant more contagious? Is it more deadly? And do the vaccinations still work against the Delta variant? Well, the answers to these questions may not be exactly what you expect, but they will definitely explain why indeed the Delta variant is a very big deal.
So let’s talk about it.
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What Is the Delta Variant?
The Delta variant is a form of the virus that ’causes COVID-19, which was originally identified in India, where it became the dominant variant. And then it progressed to the U.K, where it became the dominant variant. And it most definitely is in the United States where it is quickly, quickly multiplying.
So what’s the big deal? Well, I’ll tell you the big deal, because today we’re going to talk about the Delta variant. We’ll answer these questions:
• Is the Delta Variant more contagious?
• Is the Delta variant more deadly?
• Should Young People Be Worried About The Delta Variant?
• Does the COVID-19 vaccine protect against the Delta variant?
• Where do we go from here?
Is the Delta Variant More Contagious?
Yes. We already know that with the original SARS-CoV-2, that original virus, the wild type that ’caused the Coronavirus. We know that was pretty contagious, which is why we got this pandemic, and we had all been kind of happy because the pandemic numbers had been improving and it looked like the world was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but here came the Delta variant.
Is The Delta Variant More Deadly?
Yes. Studies suggest that the Delta variant is more deadly, meaning that it can make you even sicker than the previously seen variants of the COVID-19 causing virus. There was a study published in “The Lancet,” which revealed that you are twice as likely to be hospitalized with a Delta variant than you are with the variant that originated in the U.K, the Alpha variant. The evidence is showing us that the Delta variant seems to be making people sicker. We already said that it’s more transmissible, is becoming the dominant variant, and if it’s also making people sicker then the fear is that there will be an uptick in hospitalizations and what follows that? An uptick in deaths.
Should Young People Be Worried About The Delta Variant?
Yes. Now, at the beginning of the pandemic, we talked a lot about how young people and children did not seem to get as sick from Coronavirus, they did not seem to die as much. And yes, that is largely true, but you have to consider, back when the world was shut down and when schools were all virtual, and when there were no camps and kids weren’t out, kids were also less exposed to Coronavirus, but we do know that children still have died from Coronavirus.
Does The COVID-19 Vaccine Protect Against The Delta Variant?
Well, we had some early data to come out, where the Pfizer vaccines were studied, the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines were studied. And it showed that if you had two doses of these vaccines, you had pretty great protection, somewhere between 80 and 88%. Whereas if you only had one dose, the protection was maybe like 30% up to 40%.
Where Do We Go From Here With This Delta Variant?
Where do we go from here? I already mentioned that, you know, this pandemic has been quite the long road, and ever since the vaccines have rolled out so nicely, especially in the United States, we’ve seen cases go down, hospitalizations go down, deaths go down. But in pockets where we don’t have a great vaccination number, for example, in the United States, in states where there are low vaccination rates, we’re starting to see some surges in Coronavirus.
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