As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, public health officials are watching for some new mutations such as the Delta variant.
Viruses are constantly changing to adapt and survive and mutants appear when a strain has one or more mutations that differ from other strains.
Here’s what you need to know about mutated delta.
What is the Delta variant?
The delta variant can spread more easily, according to the CDC. The strain has mutations in the spiky protein that make it easier for it to infect human cells. This means that people may be more contagious if they contract the virus and spread it more easily to others.
The delta mutant may also be able to evade protection from vaccines and some COVID-19 treatments, although studies are still ongoing.
Where did the Delta variant come from?
The Delta mutant was first identified in India in December 2020 and led to an outbreak in the country. It then spread rapidly and is now reported in 104 countries.
As of early July, the Delta variant has become the predominant form of the coronavirus in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and other countries.
What are the symptoms of the Delta variant?
Symptoms are similar to those seen with the original coronavirus strain and other mutants, including a persistent cough, headache, fever, and sore throat.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 patients report that some symptoms are slightly different for the delta variant.
Coughing and loss of smell appear to be less common, and headaches, sore throat, runny nose, and fever are more common.
Is the Delta variant more dangerous?
Scientists are still tracking the data to determine its strength. But the Delta mutant appears more likely to lead to hospitalization and death, especially among unvaccinated people.
How does it affect non-vaccinated people?
It may be that people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have not been vaccinated are also susceptible.
How does it affect vaccinated people?
Scientists are investigating how the Delta mutant causes infections among fully vaccinated people. So far, it has been noticed that people who received 2 doses of the vaccine usually have milder symptoms.
Vaccine makers are now testing the booster vaccines to see if they can better protect against the Delta variant and others that may emerge in the future.
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Although the vaccines have not proven to be very successful against Delta yet, everyone who has not been vaccinated is at risk of contracting the new strain.
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