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Delta Coronavirus Variant: More Contagious & More Virulent Options
Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:05:44 PM

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The Delta Variant Isn't Just Hyper-Contagious. It Also Grows More Rapidly Inside You
July 8, 2021 1:45 PM ET

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/07/08/1013794996/why-the-delta-variant-is-so-contagious-a-new-study-sheds-light

After months of data collection, scientists agree: The delta variant is the most contagious version of the coronavirus worldwide. It spreads about 225% faster than the original version of the virus, and it's currently dominating the outbreak in the United States.

A new study, published online Wednesday, sheds light on why. It finds that the variant grows more rapidly inside people's respiratory tracts and to much higher levels, researchers at the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

On average, people infected with the delta variant had about 1,000 times more copies of the virus in their respiratory tracts than those infected with the original strain of the coronavirus, the study reported.

In addition, after someone catches the delta variant, the person likely becomes infectious sooner. On average, it took about four days for the delta variant to reach detectable levels inside a person, compared with six days for the original coronavirus variant.

In the study, scientists analyzed COVID-19 patients involved in the first outbreak of the delta variant in mainland China, which occurred between May 21 and June 18 in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. The researchers measured the levels of virus in 62 people involved in that outbreak and compared them with the levels in 63 patients infected in 2020 with an early version of the virus.

Their findings suggest that people who have contracted the delta variant are likely spreading the virus earlier in the course of their infection.

And the scientists underscore the importance of quarantining immediately for 14 days after coming into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

Or even better, getting fully vaccinated. Preliminary data shows that in some U.S. states, 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths in the past few months were among people who weren't vaccinated, the CDC's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said Thursday at the White House.

"We know that the delta variant ... is currently surging in pockets of the country with low vaccination rates," Walensky said. "We also know that our authorized vaccines prevent severe disease, hospitalization and death from the delta variant."
Hope123
Posted: Friday, July 9, 2021 9:27:53 AM

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Thanks, Oscar.

The unvaccinated are petri dishes for new variants to keep emerging. Pfizer wants to get approval for a booster against the delta variant - sounds good to me that they get working on it - but FDA and CDC say not necessary yet.

Every jab in the arm and every mask/social distancing compliance brings us all closer to the goal of getting back to some semblance of normal minus the danger.

The two most valuable commodities these days are hugs and haircuts. Dancing My husband and I just got both. Our double vaxxed son and oldest granddaughter were here last weekend for the hugs and salons and barbers were open June 30th in Ontario. We are getting there if we all just hang in there a bit longer.
Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 2:41:46 AM

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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 2:51:31 AM

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Hope123
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 7:46:56 AM

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Oscar D. Grouch wrote:


Applause Applause Applause

Reading more and more articles about people in hospital or the family of the dead wishing they had listened, believed, and made better choices. This Delta variant is a whole new ballgame and the original was bad enough to kill millions. I have not heard much yet about the Peruvian variant taking over. There will be more variants as the virus outsmarts some people. And they are putting everyone in danger as it will keep evolving and instead of being eradicated as we did with smallpox etc, will continue with outbreaks everywhere. We need to get the world vaccinated.

A woman whose 13 year-old is fighting for her life on life support...

A doctor who says his 90+ patient with comorbidities survived but the younger healthy male relative who gave it to her died....

etc.


Hope123
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 1:09:47 PM

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"The mother of Blake Bargatze is imploring people to get vaccinated, after her 24 year old son’s double lung transplant. He got covid when he traveled to FL for an indoor concert. She told him to get vaccinated prior to leaving, and he refused."

So he chose this and yet is put to top of list because of his condition while others waiting on lists for years are bumped.

Not much else healthcare could do but it still does not seem fair.

Maybe if rules were made that anti vaxxers paid for their own care or needed immunization records to go places, more would get vaccinated.
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