Many thought we were already through the thick of the pandemic until the delta variant first discovered in India around December 2020 took the whole world by storm. Within six months, it had entered over 98 countries and became the leading cause of infection in most. Since this new development, we’ve had to answer a lot of questions. One of them relates to the symptoms of the delta variant. Are they different from what we used to know?
No. On one hand, it’s good news that we don’t have to deal with a whole new set of symptoms. On the other hand, who wants to deal with the delta variant anyway? The symptoms of the delta variant include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, and headache. However, some studies tell us that we may have less cough, loss of taste and smell when compared to the original variant.
Now, let’s answer the other burning questions.
When a virus is spread within a population, the rate at which it replicates itself becomes faster. Viruses take advantage of every chance they get to mutate and as they mutate, they begin to change in their characteristics. The COVID-19 delta variant is a mutation of the original COVID-19 strain.
While there is no COVID-19 delta variant vaccine, research has shown that the COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing the spread of the delta variant and protecting yourself from being infected. However, the vaccine is not 100% effective and delta variant symptoms can be found in vaccinated adults.
The rate at which the delta variant is spreading, the world might go into another lockdown if the virus is not quickly contained. In an ideal environment where no one is vaccinated, the spread of the delta variant is over 50% more than the spread of the original strain of the COVID-19 virus.
The delta variant is an evolution of the original strain of the coronavirus. Like the alpha variant, this variant has its distinctive features. It is highly contagious and it makes people sick faster.
Some vaccines are being developed to fight the coronavirus while some are already in use. These vaccines have proven to be effective against the delta variant. The vaccines were originally developed to fight against the virus and since it is the delta variation sprouted from the original strain, the vaccine cannot be ineffective against the virus.
A few more changes might need to be done in the development of the vaccines to make them completely effective against the delta variant. More data is being gathered by experts to analyze the delta variant and find out ways to combat it.
People who have been vaccinated can be fully immune to the delta variant, while some people might not. It is possible for people who have collected the full dose of the vaccine to show coronavirus symptoms and still spread the virus.
However, the spread of the delta variant in people who have been vaccinated is reduced compared to those who have not received the vaccines. The vaccine will help to reduce the spread if it does not make you immune. This shows that those who have not been vaccinated are still at very great risk when exposed to the virus. Reach out to us at Express ER (Temple) today if you want to get vaccinated.
There are no conclusions as to how deadly the delta variant can be. More information is expected from experts but from the way that the virus is spread and its ability to infect people who have been vaccinated, it is possible to agree that the delta variant is more deadly than the original strain and the alpha variant.
Also, the delta variant incubation period is 4 – 6 days which is less than half of the incubation period of the original strain.
More people exhibit the coronavirus delta variant symptoms day by day, so the best way to protect yourself is to be vaccinated. The common goal of everyone should be to stop the spread of the virus, so while some people are researching to find a vaccine that can help achieve this, you must play your part by washing your hands frequently, staying in places with good ventilation, avoided crowded areas, and maintaining social distancing. This will help to reduce the spread of the virus before vaccines can be developed, tested, and released.
Staying safe is the only way that we can stay alive. Staying safe is the only way that we can prevent the spread of the virus. Staying safe is the only way to save the world. So, make sure that you stay safe at all times.
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