With much of the world breathing a sigh of relief as the pandemic seems to have died down quite a bit, there is new reason to be concerned as a new strain of the coronavirus is spreading. Named the delta variant, this new highly contagious and possibly more severe SARS-CoV-2 virus strain was first identified in India back in December of 2020. From there, it made its way to the UK and the US by March of this year. It is now the dominant strain in the U.S. and experts say it could soon become dominant here in the UK.
This new strain comes as no surprise as all viruses evolve over time and undergo changes as they spread and replicate. One thing that is unique about Delta variant, however, is how quickly it is spreading. Fortunately, if you have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, it does appear that you have protection against the Delta variant. If you are not fully vaccinated, doctors at Private GP London say that you could be at risk for infection by the new variant.
With That In Mind, We Are Going To Take A Look At Some Things You Need To Know About The Delta Variant:
Delta Is More Contagious Than The Other Virus Strains- Delta is the name for the B.1.617.2. variant, a SARS-CoV-2 mutation. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the rate of infection is much higher with this new strain. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called this version of the virus “the fastest and fittest” and it is spreading 50% faster than Alpha, which was 50% more contagious than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2.
Unvaccinated People Are At Risk- if you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are at risk of contracting the delta variant. In certain areas of the world where fewer people have been vaccinated for COVID, cases of the delta variant are considerably higher. A recent study from the UK showed that children and adults under 50 were 2.5 times more likely to become infected with Delta than with the previous strain.
Delta Could Lead To Hyperlocal Outbreaks- depending on where you live and how many people in your area have been vaccinated, you could see a hyperlocal outbreak of the delta variant. This could cause the pandemic to look completely different than it did last year. If enough people get vaccinated, however, we could avoid this.
Vaccination Is The Best Protection Against Delta- while proper hand hygiene and social distancing measures are still helpful, the best protection against the delta variant is vaccination. Speak to your Private GP London about getting vaccinated today.
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