Is Delta Variant more dangerous than all other variants?
Concerning the lethal nature of the Delta variant, first, we have to know what the delta variant is?
Delta Variant (B.1.617.2) was first reported in India and now has spread to 90 more countries, and no wonder it can spread globally is a version of coronavirus that has evolved enough to have a more contagious strain and is life-threatening. The mutations are hard to ignore as they are evading the protection that vaccines have promised. So, it is undoubtedly an indication of the alarming outbreaks of the Delta variant demanding more precautions to escape the virus contact.
How is Delta Variant more lethal than Alpha Variant?
Delta variant is 50% more contagious than Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) that was 50% more contagious than the original coronavirus. This is how mutations in viruses result in stronger genetic makeup responsible for higher transmission rate, resistance against vaccines, and increased periods of viruses. So,
- The average person who gets delta variant infection is at a higher risk of spreading it to three or four other people rather than one or two by an original coronavirus. That is how Delta Variant has a high transmission rate.
- It has been seen that the delta variant is susceptible to the Corona Vaccines made so far.
- Its symptoms are even slightly different as cough and loss of smell seem to be less prominent in them. While headache, sore throat, running nose, and fever are more pronounced.
- Delta Variant is equally dangerous for people of all ages. Young children are most likely to get infected.
- Delta cases are rising while Alpha cases are reducing now.
- Secondary attack rates are higher for Delta than Alpha.
- There is an increased rate of hospitalizations due to Delta Variant infection.
- There has been seen reduced vaccination effectiveness for Delta Variant as compared to Alpha variant.
Delta Variant for Vaccinated and Un Vaccinated people.
According to various researches, there is a higher risk of delta variant infection in places where the vaccination rate is low. Children and younger adults under age 50 are 2.5 times more likely to get infected than vaccinated people of the same age. While the medical and health departments are still researching if fully vaccinated people are safe from the lethal delta variant or not. And are making efforts to protect the world from Delta and other upcoming variants.
What is Delta plus variant?
Delta Variant also has its sub-variant known as Delta plus variant (B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1). This sub-variant is more lethal as the mutation allows the virus to be powerful enough to directly attack the lungs cell, showing it is more life-threatening. Unfortunately, this Delta plus variant can potentially escape vaccines and can indeed be health haphazard if it gets ignored.
How to Avoid Delta Variant Infection?
Since the virus cannot stop mutating and evolving, the world needs to be prepared for such variants beforehand. As we know that no specific vaccine has been made for the delta variant, and it is now up to us how we cannot be the carrier of that lethal variant. Due to its higher transmission rate, one needs to avoid crowded places and follow all the precautions suggested by WHO, including wearing masks, sanitizers, maintaining social distance, and getting ourselves vaccinated. This is how we can escape the virus contact.