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  Delta variant originated in India as early as December and became dominant and worrisome in June 2021 globally.
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Why Is It A Variant?

The DELTA VARIANT is a new strain that has emerged due to mutation in the virus genetic structure.

Things You Need To Know About The DELTA Strain

  •  The delta variant is a more contagious variant of COVID-19 and spreads rapidly after its emergence. As of July 22, 2021, 80% of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 had delta variants.
  • Delta variant of COVID-19 is able to get into the cells i.e lungs easily meaning that it is easier to catch the disease and it could affect even those who had previously been infected.

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  • There are 1000times more viruses of the delta strain in the nasal and respiratory passages in a person who has a delta variant compared to the original strain.
  • The delta variant may look and act very similar to the original strain of COVID-19. However, there are some differences: Fever and cough are present in both types, but headaches, sinus congestion, sore throats, and running nose are more common with the delta variant. Loss of taste and smell, considered a hallmark symptom of the original virus, may happen less frequently.
  • Delta variant is affecting unvaccinated people more, Health experts urge that COVID-19 vaccines work to prevent severe diseases which may be fatal.
  • Breakthrough cases for vaccinated people are rare but do happen: when a vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19, most either have no symptoms or have very mild symptoms and it rarely results in hospitalisation or death.
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This article was first published on 29th August 2021


Dr Ajayi Olumide Omotola provides relatable medical advice and hands-on solutions for everyday healthcare promotion. He's not only saving lives at the hospital, but he also combines years of medical experience leveraging social media for health education. 

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  • Very informative.
    God bless you

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