By now you’ve probably heard the term Delta Variant and are wondering what does it mean. The Delta Variant is a mutated form of the corona virus. Below is some helpful information about the Delta Variant.
Genetic variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been emerging and circulating around the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Viral mutations and variants in the United States are routinely monitored through sequence-based surveillance, laboratory studies, and epidemiological investigations.
This variant was first detected in the United States in March 2021. It was initially identified in India in December 2020.
This variant seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on healthcare resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths.
So far, studies suggest that the current authorized vaccines work on the circulating variants. Scientists will continue to study these and other variants.
Attributes of the Delta Variant:
Potential reduction in neutralization by some EUA monoclonal antibody treatments
Potential reduction in neutralization by post-vaccination sera
Protect yourself from COVID-19
COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States and variants are circulating. Take steps to protect yourself from the virus.
Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Clinics The Westchester County Department of Health is holding vaccine booster clinics, by appointment only, every Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 pm, at 134 Court Street in White Plains.