The Covid Delta variant

locThe Covid Delta variant

What is the Delta Variant?

The Covid delta variant which is also known as B.167.2. was first identified in India. This variant is causing a rise in COVID-19 infections among unvaccinated people in England. It has become the dominant variant of the new coronavirus.

Before the Delta variant entered into the United Kingdom, the three variants of Covid were;

  1. The B.1.1.7 variant (Alpha): This variant was first observed in the United States in December 2020.
  2. The B.1.351 variant (Beta): This variant was first observed in the United States at the end of January 2021.
  3. The P.1 variant (Gamma): This variant was first observed in the United States in January 2021. It was originally identified in travellers from Brazil, who were tested during routine screening at an airport in Japan, in early January.

The Delta variant is 50-60 percent more communicable than the Alpha variant which was 50-60 percent more transmissible than the original strain of COVID-1. It is said to be one of the most hypertransmissible, contagious versions of the virus.

Is the Delta variant more infectious?

The Delta is about 60% more infectious than alpha, which was previously the predominant variant in the UK.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the UK appears to be backing this up. From the start of June, the number of infections began clambering rapidly once more, and the country is now reporting some 15,000 or more new infections every day. This rise is going hand-in-hand with the heightening spread of the delta variant.

Data from Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the UK’s department of health, indicates that more than 90% of new COVID-19 cases in the UK are from the delta variant.

The difference between the Delta variant and the Delta plus variant

Delta plus is the mutation of the initial Delta variant which was behind India’s catastrophic second wave. This Delta Plus variant has the K417N mutation,  which is commonly seen in the beta variant first identified in South Africa. Currently, there aren’t too many cases of this variant at the moment.

This imitation is possibly associated with a better escape from vaccines and possibly even increased transmissivity.  The properties of the Delta Plus variant haven’t been verified.

Can we protect ourselves from the variant?

The same rules like keeping a distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet) from others, washing hands, wearing masks, and ensuring good ventilation protect against all known variants of the coronavirus.

Also, travelling to virus-variant areas should be prevented, as it has heightened the spread of the coronavirus and its variants since the beginning of the pandemic. That is why comprehensive quarantine rules are needed.

Can vaccines protect against the Delta Variant?

Fortunately, vaccination seems to provide good protection against Delta even though one does seem to offer less protection than it did against other variants hence the need to get vaccinated with two doses cannot be overemphasized.

However, vaccine hesitancy and outright refusal to get vaccinated remain the major roadblocks, particularly among young people. Currently, some states are offering generous incentives for vaccination, and there is some evidence that they help.

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