Reports Show the Highly Contagious Delta Variant on the Rise in the United States

In a report by Jane Greenhalgh of NPR, the Delta coronavirus variant that was first detected in India, is now appearing in recent COVID-19 cases in the United States. Specifically, the variant now “accounts for more than 6% of all infections in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” This variant is also spreading rapidly in the United Kingdom and is now considered as the “dominant strain” there. Also mentioned in the NPR article was Dr Fauci, who mentioned that “We cannot let that happen in the United States” due to the potential that the variant may be related to higher risk of hospitalization. However, there are studies showing that the vaccines are still very effective against this particular variant. Read more about the Delta variant in the NPR article.

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