CDC now calls coronavirus Delta variant a 'variant of concern'

Marco Green
June 17, 2021

"To date, no variants of high outcome have been identified in the United States", the US CDC said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mass vaccination sites may be gone in Milwaukee, but the city continues to work with partners at several vaccine clinics, including one at Helfaer Field where people who get their shot on-site also get two free Brewers tickets.

"The message here is that if you are young, you are going to get milder symptoms anyway". They've also been lower on the list of priorities for vaccinations.

AY.1, or B.1.617.2.1, has a mutation called K417N that is linked to high infectivity (ability of a pathogen to establish an infection) and has been associated with the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa.

AstraZeneca's press release mentioned: "The Delta variant is a key contributor to the current wave of infection in the Indian subcontinent and beyond". It also underscore delta to be 50 per cent faster than the Alpha variant, thus making it two times faster than original Covid-19 strain. Labuan recorded a Covid-19 incidence rate of about 25 cases per 1,000 population in the fortnight of May 31 to June 13, the highest in the country and more than five times higher than Selangor's incidence rate.

Dr. Ben Weston, with the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management, said the good news is the vaccines appear to be effective against the Delta variant.

"I think it's really hard to compare this emerging data to what we know about the other ones because it's not a controlled study", he said.

Meanwhile, sore throat, runny nose, fever and headaches are more common among patients.

Although being infected with this variant of coronavirus may feel more like "a bad cold" for younger people, Professor Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, has warned it is more transmissible and could seriously affect others if safety measures aren't adhered to.

"I certainly have not, what is pretty clear though is that there's fewer and fewer cases here in Canada as well".

It now accounts for about 90% of Covid cases in the UK. "It might just feel like a bad cold or some amusing "off" feeling - but do stay at home and do get a test".

Getting vaccinated will always provide better protection than none at all, and it's important to get both doses in a timely manner.

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