What Does the COVID-19 Delta Variant Mean to You?

Recently I mentioned how the new COVID-19 Delta variant was starting to cause a lot of problems. Both globally and here in the U.S.

I was hoping I would not have to revisit this subject so soon. But things have gotten much worse since that communication.

Whenever a new variant of a virus emerges, the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) try to judge how dangerous it is. In the U.S., they label them as a “variant of interest.” Or a “variant of concern.” Or a “variant of high consequence.”

As of this writing, the Delta variant is still a variant of concern. But that could change to “high consequence” soon. Well over one-half of the new COVID cases in the U.S. are from the Delta variant. Including 80 percent in areas of the Midwest and upper mountain states.

What Is It?

First let’s examine what the Delta variant is. Then we can look at some statistics and trends. And last, I’ll discuss vaccines and ask for your opinion.

The official name of the Delta variant is B.1.617.2. It’s one of four to emerge from India. Cough and loss of smell are less common than with the original. But fever, headache, sore throat and runny nose are present.

Medical experts say the Delta variant is at least 50 percent more transmissible than the Alpha strain, which originated in the UK. The Alpha strain was 50 percent more contagious than the original coronavirus from China.

Recently the Delta variant became the dominant strain in America. Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “It’s essentially taking over.” He added that the Delta variant is the “greatest threat” to the nation’s efforts to eliminate COVID-19.

New Cases Rising Again

The number of new coronavirus cases in America had dropped significantly as of recently. From a high of 300,779 on January 8 to 4,063 on June 20.

It certainly looked like we were emerging from the woods. If not completely out of them. Almost everything was opening up again. Including restaurants, bars, salons, gyms, etc. Facemasks were no longer required in most places of business.

But the numbers have been ticking up slowly but surely lately. Daily new cases reached 41,278 on July 13. More than one-half of the 50 states were seeing daily increases.

A vast majority of these new cases are blamed on the Delta variant. There is concern that if this variant continues to increase infections, as well as hospitalizations and deaths, things will get even worse in the fall. That’s when people will be spending more time indoors.

The ‘Fastest and Fittest’

According to Yale Medicine, the average person who becomes infected with the Delta variant spreads it to three or four people. That’s compared with transmission to one or two people from the original coronavirus strain.

This variant is being called the “fastest and fittest” of the variants by the WHO. Due to how quickly it transmits and how difficult it is to combat.

Dr. F. Perry Wilson is a Yale Medicine epidemiologist. Here’s what he says. “Delta is outcompeting everything else and becoming the dominant strain.”

And now we’re hearing about a Delta Plus variant. It’s considered a “subvariant” to Delta. It has a mutation that allows the virus to better attack lung cells. And potentially escape vaccines.

Are Vaccines Effective Against Delta?

There has been much talk about if and how well the current approved COVID-19 vaccines can fight off the Delta variant.

As I’ve expressed each time I discuss vaccines, we neither recommend nor discourage people from getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

We believe this is a personal decision. People should make it based on what they believe to be best for themselves and their families. But we do report vaccine-related information, statistics and comments from medical experts.

As of this writing, we’re told the vast majority of people becoming infected with the Delta variant are not vaccinated.

Many Young People Shunning Vaccines

States where vaccination rates are lowest – Southern and Appalachian states including Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia – are seeing higher new infection rates.

When hyper-local outbreaks occur, healthcare systems can become overwhelmed. That means sick individuals don’t get the care they need.

Many Americans getting infected these days are between 18 and 29 years old. Some attribute that to the fact that only 38 percent of those individuals are partially or fully vaccinated.

In some areas where restrictions were recently lifted, they’re being imposed again. Including Los Angeles County. That’s where public health officials are encouraging everyone to mask up in public places. Even if they’ve been vaccinated.

Mississippi Children on Life Support

Another area of concern is school-aged children. No vaccine has been approved for children under 12.

A vast majority of these children will return to in-school learning over the next several weeks.

A number of parents in Mississippi are panicking these days. Newsweek magazine recently reported that 10 children in the state were on life support due to Delta variant infections. Two others were in intensive care units.

The CDC recommends that unvaccinated children and adults wear masks and avoid crowds. As well as wash hands properly and often, and stay home if sick.

What Do You Think?

A while back we took an informal poll to see what our readers think about the COVID-19 vaccines. About 50 percent of you said you’d never receive one of those vaccines.

Approximately 25 percent said you would get a vaccine as soon as it was available. The other 25 percent said you’d take a wait and see approach.

I’d like to check back with you folks on this again. If you’re comfortable responding, please let us know how you feel.

  • “1” means you’ll never get the vaccine.
  • “2” means you’ve already received a vaccine or plan to soon.
  • “3” means you’re still taking a wait and see position.

Feel free to add a comment if you want to.

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Comments

Eddie B. - August 10, 2021

I am definitely a 1. I will not take the shot…will not even call it a vaccine, because it is not by definition a true vaccine. It contains a toxin which is the spike protein that created in a lab the Covid-19 bioweapon that has attacked humans on a global scale. Anyone with good common sense should question why our government is going to such extreme measures to entice the population to get this covid shot. Such has never before been done with any other healthcare measure in the history of this world. There most definitely has to be some ulterior motive behind it.

Dianna Morrow - August 3, 2021

My husband and I have not been vaccinated and are at the point of continuing a wait and see position. We remain at home and if we go out and need to, we will wear masks.

Julie Janis - July 29, 2021
The vaccine is meant to kill us. For more details, please visit pastor J.D. Farag’s website and watch his prophecy updates. Go to jdfarag.org. Also, visit americasfrontlinedoctors.org
JD - July 29, 2021

Like a lot of retired military I learned NOT to trust anything the government promotes. Why are we restricted to only the 3 types of vaccines they are pushing so hard. They’re hiding something.

Brenda - July 28, 2021

I’m a 1 I don’t know anyone who has gotten covid but I do know several who have gotten sick after taking the shot.

Sandy - July 28, 2021

Number three but I’m riding on the fence between number three and one. Not approved enough, tested enough, and I don’t trust all that we’re being told. Every year with the normal flu I check the CDC website for how many people died of the normal flu the year before. I’ve been doing that for 10 years, with my own eyes I have seen those figures for 10Yrs on the CDC website. Last year I went to look at 2019’s figures which I have not checked yet and they weren’t there on the CDC website. I chalked that up to covid kept them from putting it on the web site. But I’ve with my own eyes see 2010-2018. So last year I went to review the figures on the CDC.gov website and 2016, 2017, 2018, we’re missing from the website And at that point I was freaked out big time so I did not check 2011 through 2015. I had no problem finding 2006 2008 2009 2010. But I swear to God 2016, 2017, 2018 I saw with my own eyes and we’re no longer there. I did not check this year to see if those figures ended up back on the website but if they did I wouldn’t believe it. I find it very funny that the old figures I can find really easy and the newer figures that I had seen were no longer there.

Dave - July 28, 2021

#3

Ellen - July 28, 2021

I have spent a lot of years working on healing fatigue. No doctor ever diagnosed me. So I gave up on Dr’s regarding this problem and began to educate myself about the gifts from the earth. I learned a lot about the medicinal value of fresh fruits,, vegetables, herbs, how energies; emotional, traumas, physical, generational etc, can effect our bodies. About 30 years later it was discovered I had parasites. That was the underlying problem for my fatigue. That being said I believe with the right combination of natural medicinal herbs etc we can overcome the virus. I am a #1.

JC - July 27, 2021

I am firmly decided on #1. I do not trust anything not yet approved by the FDA. I’m definitely NOT relying on any government agency to make decisions for me about my health. I’m with others in thinking the government is pushing us too hard to submit to this shot. Getting the shot does NOT mean one won’t get Covid-19. I would rather take my chances than risk the side effects of this so-called vaccine. Until more is known about the shot, what is or is not in it, the short and long term side effects I want nothing to do with it.

M. Day - July 27, 2021

Me and my husband are a firm “1”. Our neighbors are too. They have done extensive research on these “vaccines” and the statistics (we’re not hearing from the MSM) are more scary than the virus. We are following Dr. Zelenski’s protocol for vitamins D, C, Quercetin and 50 mg of zinc. We have been exposed a couple time and have never caught it. The following link from my neighbor further confirms our reasoning for not ever getting these mRNA type shots. Interesting lawsuit https://ia601405.us.archive.org/24/items/cdc-45-000-covid-19-vaccine-deaths-law-suit/CDC%2045%2C000%20Covid%2019%20Vaccine%20deaths%20Law%20Suit.pdf

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