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  On July 9th, 2021, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 Delta Variant. As with all viruses, this new variant presents symptoms different from those typical of COVID earlier in the pandemic.
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Experts have labelled the Delta variant as a more “formidable enemy” due to its higher transmissibility and newer symptoms.

What Are The Symptoms Of The Delta Variant?

While the Delta Variant has symptoms similar to those seen in the original coronavirus strain, there are some differences. Patients still report symptoms such as a persistent cough, headache, fever, and sore throat. However, data by the  ZOE COVID Symptom Study suggest a reduced occurrence in cough and loss of smell, with a higher prevalence of headache, runny nose, and fever.

On Vaccines And The Deadliness Of The Delta Variant

Scientists are currently looking through the data to see how deadly it is. According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the Delta variant has a greater tendency to result in hospitalisation and mortality, particularly among unvaccinated people.
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Research conducted by Yale Medicine shows that people who haven’t been vaccinated are the most vulnerable. Both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines have been found to provide higher than 90% protection against severe sickness that necessitates hospitalisation. Infection may still occur after vaccination in certain circumstances, but the viral load will most likely be lower and the symptoms will be much less than they would be without immunization.

How You Can Protect Yourself

To keep you and your loved ones safe from the virus, it is crucial to take the necessary measures to protect yourself. These include:
  • Washing your hands with soap and running water when you arrive at work or upon getting home.
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel when you don’t have access to water and soap.
  • Social distancing as much as possible.
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, not your hands.
  • Disposing of the tissue and washing your hands.
  • Self-isolating as much as possible, especially if you’re sick.
  • Avoiding touching your face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially if your hands are not clean.
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This article was first published on 19th July 2021


My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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One thought on “What You Should Know About The COVID-19 Delta Variant”

  • My comment is only a possible scenario, had there been a remiss.

    I’d go out on a limb this delta variant persists among the conspicuous 10% uncured outlier, which implies that the focus ought to be on the drugs instead of the patients. Impliedly, the disease is the same, only its cure isn’t wholesome.

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