What’s the danger with the delta version?
The delta version of SARS-CoV-2 is currently spreading rapidly in Germany as well. Dr. Daniel Rhoads, a microbiology expert at the Cleveland Clinic, explains the danger posed by the mutated version and what needs to be considered to avoid a new wave of infections.
The delta version of SARS-CoV-2 is known to be highly contagious. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), it was first detected in India in October 2020 and is currently spreading rapidly in many countries. Variants are characterized by mutations, which are associated with reduced effectiveness of the immune response and increased transferability of the virus. In addition, infection with variant B.1.617.2 (delta) can lead to a more severe disease course, experts report. RKI.
Critical illnesses caused by the delta variant?
There is still a lot to learn about the delta variant, but it is already known that the variant spreads rapidly among unvaccinated people and can be quite serious for older adults, Dr. Roads.
Research is currently trying to find out whether the delta variant is also more likely to trigger more serious diseases. Nevertheless, according to Dr. Rhodes the biggest concern at the moment is increased transferability, which potentially leads to more diseases in the population.
difference in symptoms
There also appears to be a difference in symptoms of the delta variant compared to the original SARS-CoV-2 variant. Sick people are more likely to suffer head acheSore throat and runny nose, what else? winter Expert reports from the Cleveland Clinic.
Vaccination to protect against Delta variant?
According to Dr. Rhodes, a COVID-19 vaccination is also advisable to protect against the delta variant.
Vaccination does not provide complete protection from infection, but it does reduce the risk of infection and also the risk of severe COVID-19 courses, Dr. Roads.
Vaccination protects against a severe course
“It has been proven that if you become infected after vaccination, there is no chance of the disease becoming serious. Vaccines seem to be really good at preventing serious disease. And they’re also very good at preventing infection, “experts emphasize in one.” Press release Der Cleveland Clinic.
According to the RKI, earlier results indicate that current vaccination protects against infection with B.1.1.7 (alpha) somewhat better than B.1.617.2 (delta), but B.1. The transition with .617 is still an improvement. 2 Full vaccination provides a high level of protection against diseases and severe courses. In the case of an incomplete series of vaccinations, however, less effectiveness against B.1.617.2 may be observed.
Diseases likely to increase in autumn
A Cleveland Clinic expert has warned of a renewed rise in COVID-19 cases in the fall, which will also be fueled by the spread of the delta variant. Although hospital stays and illnesses are currently fairly low across Germany, it is important to prepare the country for another wave of infections or to prevent it as much as possible. (as)
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