Five Things You Need to Know about the Delta Variant

At the present moment, when the situation with the COVID-19 has stabilized due to vaccines and using protective means, another major concern appeared. It is the variant of the virus SARS-CoV-2 which is highly contagious (and possibly more severe) and was first identified in India in December.

Below you will find five things you need to know about the Delta variant:

  1. Delta is the name for the B.1.617.2. variant, a SARS-CoV-2 mutation that originated from India. The first Delta case was registered in December 2020, and the strain spread rapidly, being more contagious, and soon becoming the dominant strain of the virus in both India and then Great Britain.
  2. Unvaccinated people are at risk – a recent study from the UK found that children and adults under 50 were 2.5 times more likely to get the Delta variant.
  3. Delta could lead to ‘hyperlocal outbreaks’, which means that in some cases, a low-vaccination town that is surrounded by high vaccination areas could end up with the virus contained within its borders.
  4. There is still more to learn about this variant but based on hospitalizations tracked in the UK, the variant is probably a bit more pathogenetic, which means it will possibly make you sicker than the original virus.
  5. The best you can do to protect yourself from Delta is to get fully vaccinated, according to doctors.
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