Dr. Anthony Fauci warns of a COVID-1
Since COVID-19 restrictions are lifted andthe pace of vaccinations has slowed in the US, the rise in a new variant of coronavirus worries some health experts. The variant, known as Delta or B.1.617.2, was first discovered in India and has spread to more than 60 countries. In the United Kingdom, it accounts for about 60% of coronavirus cases.
In the United States, it currently accounts for 6% of infections, although in some states it accounts for over 18% of coronavirus examples, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So what is it about the Delta variant that has health experts worried about? USA TODAY spoke with two experts for their position.
What are the symptoms of the Delta variant?
Dr. Bhakti Hansoti is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and International Health at Johns Hopkins University and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Hansoti said Delta variant infections in India and the US are coming soonsymptoms of the original Sars-CoV-2 virus, only more severe.
Hansoti said doctors have seen an increased likelihood of hearing loss, severe abdominal pain and nausea in patients infected with the new variant. In most cases, patients are more likely to be hospitalized, need oxygen treatments, and endure other complications.
Coronavirus variant that first appeared in India arrives in the United States: Here’s what to know.
Should vaccinated Americans be concerned?
No, if you have received your second dose.
A new study from Public Health England showed that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the Delta variant and even more successful in preventing hospitalization and death. However, the study showed that a dose of the Pfizer vaccine was only 33% protective.
“So without it (second dose) it still leaves them very vulnerable [to sickness] and this variant is very transferable, “Hansoti told USA TODAY.
Jonathan Baktari, CEO of e7 Health a health and wellness company, said the Delta variant is proof of why it is important to get both doses of the vaccine.
Vaccines against variants: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine protects against virus variants, study shows
How are varieties formed?
The CDC says coronavirus variants are the result of changes in the virus’ genes. Each time a virus replicates, mutations naturally occur in its genetic material. The CDC shows a total of nine common variants, that is monitoring.
Fact check: Coronavirus variants come from mutations, not vaccines
Why are health experts worried?
Baktari said the biggest threat with the Delta variant is its ability to infect easily and quickly. He compared it to a sticky object – if an infected person is in a room talking or sneezing, it will more easily stick to another person.
“The aerosol releases the virus, and the virus has an easier time holding on to its next victim,” Baktari said.
Hansoti’s concerns lie not only with the variant, but with the Americans’ urge to return to normal this summer. People are burnt out from months of social distance and isolation. It’s time for socializing, holidays and vacations. These activities mixed with a highly transferable variant are worrying, especially among the unvaccinated.
“It’s the confluence of all these things, declining constraints and then a highly transmissible variant with increased severity of disease on a platform of a burnt – out, overloaded health system that could potentially be a chaotic third wave for America,” Hansoti said.
How can Americans reduce the spread in the United States?
“Get vaccinated and wait two weeks. Be careful and stay home if you feel any kind of illness,” Baktari recommends. He added that combating vaccine hesitation and gaining herd immunity is the key to reducing the spread of the Delta variant and all coronavirus variants.
Instead of resorting to an “all or nothing” response, Hansoti said it was time to establish a “new normal” to prevent further increases.
“We need masking in public areas, limited collection sizes and increased control in schools and public spaces where people can be symptomatic,” Hansoti said. “If not, after the Delta variant, another variant will just come and go again.”
Follow Gabriela Miranda on Twitter: @itsgabbymiranda
Read or share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/06/11/new-coronavirus-delta-variant-shows-severe-symptoms-concerns-experts/7639046002/