03-Aug-2021 , Updated on 8/3/2021 8:10:51 AM
COVID-19 Delta Variant
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COVID-19 Delta Variant
According to the report of 30 July 2021, The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Cases and deaths resulting from COVID-19 continue to climb worldwide, mostly fuelled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has spread to 132 countries.
What is COVID 19?
Corona Virus Disease transmissible on 2019 is abbreviated as COVID-19 which is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered Virus named as CORONA. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette.
WHO[World health Organization] has warned that the COVID-19 virus has been changing since it was first reported, and it continues to change. So far, four variants of concern have emerged that will be more as long as continues to spread are as follows:
|Variant name||First Identified and infected Countries|
|The Alpha strain||Great Britain|
|The Beta strain||South Africa|
|The Gamma strain||Brazil|
|The Delta strain||India|
What is COVID-19 Delta variant?
According to the Lead WHO epidemiologist and COVID-19 technical lead, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the Delta variant has certain mutations that allow the virus to adhere to human cells more easily. Experts are also seeing a higher viral load in individuals infection.
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 that originally surfaced in India. The first Delta case was identified in December 2020, and the strain spread rapidly, soon becoming the dominant strain of the virus in both India and then Great Britain. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, to the end of July, Delta was the cause of more than 80% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases.
Symptoms of the actual virus:
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Most common symptoms:
• Dry cough.
Less common symptoms:
• Aches and pains.
• Sore throat.
• Loss of taste or smell.
• A rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes.
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
• Chest pain or pressure.
• Loss of speech or movement.
Delta could lead to 'hyperlocal outbreaks.'
Delta strain will make you sicker than the original virus.
Delta variant was about twice as likely as Alpha to result in hospitalization in unvaccinated individuals.
According to the Dr. Yildirim, symptoms of Delta variant that are different than those associated with the original CORONA virus are as follows:
1: Seems like cough
2: Loss of smell is less common
4: Sore throat
5: Runny nose
Prevention from COVID 19 Delta variant
The best way of prevention to slow down transmission of virus is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, and how it spreads. You should do the following:
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
• Maintain at least 1 meter distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
• Stay home if you feel unwell.
• Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
• Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
People infected by Delta variant, vaccinate themselves.