The Delta Variant information


Valarie Flores, Reporter

In August of 2021 scientists found that there appears to be another virus breakthrough called Delta variant. The CDC released updated guidance urgently suggesting people get the COVID-19 vaccine. This infection seems more likely to spill over from the unvaccinated to the vaccinated. 

With the new variants, it is becoming more likely that if you are vaccinated you can still experience COVID-19, estimating there are about 190 million-plus fully vaccinated people in America as of August 23, 2021. According to a website called Statista, there are about 101,000 cases in the USA of the Delta Variant.  Recently published data from CDC health partners confirmed that they will publicly have available information in the coming weeks. This information and investigations from COVID-19 updates are linked to the Delta variant.         

Information from CDC came out that new data from the Delta variant was more infectious, increased transmissibility compared to any other variants, and it MAY cause 2x as many infections, this also can affect the vaccinated. You may ask, “How does this infection impact us? “ Two different studies from Canada and Scotland show patients infected with the Delta Variant unvaccinated were more likely to be hospitalized than those who were vaccinated.  Although those who are vaccinated don’t mean they eliminate the Variant 100% they can still transmit the Variant to others with symptoms. The vaccinated however do get sick for a shorter amount of period and recover faster than those who aren’t vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals have a greater risk of transmitting the virus as well as a greater risk of being admitted to the hospital. 

              The following are the types of symptoms the Delta variant includes. According to the CDC, this Variant has the same symptoms of COVID-19, such as :

                         -Fever or Chills                     -cough 

                         – loss of taste and smell       – muscle of body aches 

                        – Mimics allergies or Sinus problems

How can people help reduce transmission? The best way possible is to use the vaccine. When getting the vaccine you reduce the spread of the virus and minimize the severity of the disease. This strategy may be highly effective, but it doesn’t eliminate or protect us from the virus 100% and are still possibly able to infect others. Another great idea is wearing your masks, which include indoor and outdoor, this method is also highly effective. A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases suggested that when wearing your mask properly you prevent from getting the virus with severe symptoms and help stop the spread.