Is America prepared enough to handle the Delta variant of COVID?
- Delta variant is responsible for more than half of new infections in the United States
- Biden administration has launched a fresh vaccination campaign to combat it
- The overall number of infections might grow as the Delta strain spreads across the US
Even as many Americans rejoice at the pandemic's apparent end, concerns over the Delta variant have been growing louder by the day.
According to federal health experts, the strain, which is the most infectious type of coronavirus ever, is responsible for more than half of new infections in the United States. The emergence of the strain has led the Biden administration to launch a fresh vaccination campaign, and government authorities are preparing to send medical teams to regions where outbreaks appear to be imminent.
If the United Kingdom's history is any indication, the overall number of infections might grow as the Delta strain spreads across the United States. Vaccines are also effective against the Delta form and have been proven to be a barrier to its spread.1
Those who have been immunised against the coronavirus should be unconcerned. Although reports of infections with the Delta variant among fully vaccinated persons in Israel may have worried some, almost all available evidence indicates that the vaccinations are quite effective in protecting against serious disease, hospitalisation, and death from all known coronavirus variants.
Cases, on the other hand, are quickly increasing in areas where fewer than 30% of individuals have been completely vaccinated. As the weather cools and people retreat indoors, where the virus flourishes, the pattern is expected to intensify.
In earlier waves, the number of infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities in the United States had a clear, linear connection. Fortunately, those patterns do not apply to the Delta strain, as a substantial number of those at greatest risk have already been immunised.
Many scientists believe that the coronavirus pandemic began as a patchwork in the United States, and that the Delta variant will likely reestablish that pattern. And it's doubtful that the virus will be the last major danger. The gamma form, discovered in Brazil, has already established itself in Washington State, while a newer variant, Lambda, is on the rise in South America.