3. In Many Ways, It’s More Concerning Than The “Original Covid”
Named as “the fastest and fittest” COVID-19 variant, authorities say the delta variant is more contagious.
To illustrate, imagine a vulnerable population where no one is vaccinated. A person infected with the original variant would infect 2.5 people. On the other hand, someone infected with the delta variant would spread it to 3.5 to 4 other people.
Another thing that concerns people is the possibility that the symptoms of delta variant covid infection are more severe. We still need further studies to compare the differences, but emerging data suggest that runny nose and sore throat seem to be notable delta variant symptoms.
Note that as per the WHO’s list, a runny nose is not among the reported symptoms of original COVID, while a sore throat is considered less common.
Finally, research revealed that the delta variant grows more rapidly inside the body. This might be the reason why infected people spread it earlier than usual. This might also mean we need to place infected people under quarantine or isolation earlier.