1. The Delta Variant Originated In India…
You probably still remember how India’s number of new COVID cases reached hundreds of thousands daily, their hospitals attending to more people they could accommodate, and how they had a dire need for oxygen tanks.
Here’s the thing: Experts believe this situation was brought about by the delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2 variant. And despite labeling it as the “new delta variant,” it was actually first discovered in India in December 2021.
2. But Is Now Present In At Least 100 Countries
More than worrying about the possibility of the symptoms of delta variant covid infection being more serious, health experts are also concerned about the variant’s reach. As of now, it has reached nearly 100 nations, including the Philippines.
To reduce the risk of delta variant spreading, the government has banned incoming flights from certain countries, like India, Bangladesh, and United Arab Emirates, save for returning Filipinos.
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.