The Texas state department has announced an infectious variant of COVID-19 known as the Delta variant. According to numbers, the delta variant is already on the rise, but the number of overall Covid cases remains stable.
When studied thoroughly, they found that less than ten kids have been found infected with the Delta variant of Covid. According to research conducted by the epidemiologists, It is found that the delta variant is more easily transferable than the original SARS-CoV-2. On average, it consists of 10 to 20% of the total number of COVID cases in Texas.
Dr. James Versalovic, interim pediatrician-in-chief and Texas Children’s Hospital, said, ” The big concern with Delta is that it could spread like wildfire.”
Experts expect that the number of cases can hike as the virus is highly contagious and can affect those who are partially vaccinated. In addition, Delta variants can spread more rapidly in the body since they bind to host cells. According to current statistics, one in five Americans has this variant.
Despite a slight fall, the seven-day average is still above 1,100. Deaths fell to an average of 22 a day, which is the lowest in over a year. There were 1,527 patients with COVID-19 getting treatment in Texas hospitals on Wednesday. That’s three percent growth in a day, and it’s the first time it’s been above 1,500 in a week.
According to Public Health England, experts say that people who had two doses already are more on the safer side, and vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca are generally 96 and 92 % effective. Even Moderna’s vaccine is an effective tool against Delta.
Two-dose vaccines may result in viral breakouts, but most of these infections are far less severe than those that affect those who were not immunized.
“It does raise some concern because people are no longer practicing social distancing, and they’re less consistent about wearing masks,” said Dr. Robert Atmar, professor of infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine. “Those individuals who aren’t vaccinated are at risk of getting sick or of needing hospitalization, and the rest of us who are vaccinated could still potentially (become infected).“
He added: “This is a wake-up call for people to complete their vaccination.”