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Dr Anthony Fauci has warned of the “Delta”

; strain of COVID-19 that has become the dominant strain in the UK. “We can’t let that happen here,” he said, as US health officials reported an overall positive outlook (June 8).

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions being lifted andVaccination rates in the US have slowed, with the rise of the novel coronavirus causing some health experts to worry. The variant known as Delta or B.1.617.2 was first detected in India and has spread to more than 60 countries. In the UK, about 60% of the coronavirus cases are reported.

in the United States It currently accounts for 6% of infections. Although in some states they account for more than 18% of coronavirus sample cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So what is the delta variable that has concerns health professionals? USA TODAY spoke with two experts to find out.

What are the symptoms of a delta variable?

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 variable Delta infections in India and the United States are all the same.The symptoms of the original Sars-CoV-2 virus only became more severe.

Hansoti said doctors were more likely to have hearing loss. severe stomach pain and nausea in patients infected with the new strain. in most cases Patients usually need to be hospitalized. need oxygen therapy and resistant to other complications

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Should vaccinated Americans be worried?

No, if you get a second dose.

A new study from Public Health England shows that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Two doses were 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the Delta variant and were more successful in preventing hospitalization and death. However, studies have shown that one dose of the Pfizer vaccine was only 33% protective.

“Without[the second shot]they can still weaken them. [to sickness] And this variant is highly transferable,” Hansoti told USA TODAY.

Jonathan Baktari, CEO of health and wellness company e7 Health, said the delta variable is proof of why both doses are important.

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How did the patterns come about?

CDC says strains of coronavirus are the result of alterations in the viral genes. Every time the virus repeats Mutations occur naturally in their genetic material. The CDC lists nine common variants: inspection

Fact check: Coronavirus strains come from mutations, not vaccines.

Why are health professionals worried?

Baktari said the biggest threat to the Delta variant is its ability to spread easily and quickly. He compared it to a sticky object. If the infected person is in the room and talks or sneezes Others will stick to it more easily.

“The aerosol releases the virus and the virus attaches to the next victim more easily than ever,” Bactari said.

Hansoti’s concerns aren’t just with this variant. but also to encourage Americans to return to normalcy this summer. People have been burned out by months of social distancing and isolation. It’s time for gatherings, holidays and vacations. Those activities mixed with highly contagious variants are of concern. especially in the unvaccinated group.

Hansoti said, “It is the confluence of these things. reduced restrictions And then the highly contagious variant, along with the increasing severity of illness, on the platform of the burnt out and protracted health system. This could be a busy third wave for America,” Hansoti said.

How can Americans reduce the spread in the United States?

“Go get vaccinated and wait two weeks. Stay vigilant and stay home if you feel sick,” Baktari advises, adding that resisting vaccine hesitation and reaching herd immunity are key to reducing the spread of all delta variants and coronavirus strains.

Instead of turning to response “All or nothing,” Hansoti said, it was time to build. “new normal” to prevent further power surges

“We have to cover up in public. Assembly size limited and increasing monitoring in schools and public areas where people can show symptoms,” Hansoti said. Other variables will increase again.”

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