Why should we be more careful about the Delta variant of the coronavirus?

The new variant of the coronavirus, Delta, detected in India is, so far, the most dangerous and fastest-spreading coronavirus mutation, according to the World Health Organization.

Currently this variant has already been detected in more than 70 countries and this Sunday, July 25, Nicolás Maduro assured that two cases of this new strain were detected in Venezuela.

Symptoms linked to the Delta variant are: headache, sore throat, and runny nose. However, the common classic symptoms of COVID-19 – cough, fever, loss of taste and smell, are the least common, said Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at King’s College London who also directs the Zoe Covid Symptom Study.

“Fever is still quite common, but loss of smell is no longer among the top ten symptoms,” he added.

Are vaccines useful for this new strain?

Experts assure that vaccines against the coronavirus serve to prevent serious and severe illness and death; and that vaccination slows the spread of all variants and minimizes the chances of other variants emerging that may be more dangerous. Therefore, the call of specialists to get vaccinated urgently.

What measures can we take to prevent its rapid spread?

The measures to be followed to avoid the spread of the virus are the same as when the pandemic began: the use of masks (if it is double, better), frequent hand washing and social distancing.

Furthermore, in the case of Venezuela, the cost of treatment to beat the disease is high: If the person has mild symptoms and complies with the treatment at home, they should still undergo a series of examinations and purchase of medications; if the disease is a little more serious and the person complies with the treatment at home, the expenses are also high; and if the person requires hospitalization, much more.

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