Infectious Disease Experts At Mayo Clinic Answer Questions About COVID-19 Delta Variant
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According to wikipedia page on the subject of COVID-19 delta variant, aka SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, in italics below:
The most common symptoms may have changed from the most common symptoms previously associated with standard COVID-19. Infected people may mistake the symptoms for a bad cold and not realize they need to isolate. Common symptoms reported have been headaches, sore throat, a runny nose or a fever.[better source needed] In the United Kingdom, where the Delta variant makes up 91 percent of new cases, one study found that the most reported symptoms were headache, sore throat, and runny nose.
In vitro experiments suggest that bamlanivimab may not be effective against Delta on its own. At high enough concentrations, casirivimab, etesevimab and imdevimab appear to still be effective. A preprint study suggests that sotrovimab may also be effective against Delta. Doctors in Singapore have been using supplemental oxygen, remdesivir and corticosteroids on more Delta patients than they did on previous variants.
A fourth COVID-19 surge is blanketing the U.S. and the delta variant is the culprit. “Where did this delta variant come from? It came from unvaccinated people getting infected in large numbers allowing the virus to continue mutating,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. In the past, a person with COVID-19 might infect two to four people. But with the delta variant, one person can infect nine people, according to Dr. Poland. He says if you want to protect yourself, and your family, wear a mask, especially indoors, and get vaccinated with an appropriate series of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. “These are the most studied vaccines in the history of the world,” Dr. Poland emphasizes. “There have never been this many people, who have received this many doses of vaccines, during this amount of time, with as much scrutiny as these COVID-19 vaccines have had.” In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland answers questions about a person’s waning immunity and the likelihood of COVID-19 booster shots. He also explains the two phases of immunity and goes into detail about the extensive FDA license approval process for the vaccines, in the video published on August 3, 2021, “Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The COVID-19 delta variant has changed everything“, below:
If one cannot or would not be isolated, the safest thing to do to prevent becoming infected and needing hospitalization: become vaccinated and masked in public (indoor or outdoor). People working in Mayo Clinic are vaccinated and masked indoor (when in group).
Some people were hesitant in becoming vaccinated because these vaccines had not met FDA’s full approval. It takes FDA about 12 months to go through all the data (millions of pages of documents) and all lab results (with verifications) to reach full approval. Dr. Poland believes that full approval for Pfizer vaccine will soon arrive either at the end of August or in September of 2021, with Moderna vaccine to follow. FDA is very careful in granting a full license to vaccines.
Transmission of the COVID-19 delta variant is increasing. “We’re in this constant spiral, right now,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. “The delta variant is so highly contagious,” he says. “The number of delta viral particles in the upper respiratory system is reportedly 1,000 times higher than with the original COVID-19 virus. If we can’t find ways to get people vaccinated, we are going to be in a world of hurt. And I don’t say that to be alarmist. I say it to be a realist, based on what’s happening right in front of us.” But Dr. Poland says the spiral can be stopped by getting higher rates of immunization, in the video published on July 27, 2021, “Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Stopping the spiral of the COVID-19 delta variant“, below:
The delta variant is being blamed for hot spots in the U.S. where cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. These hot spots account for most cases in the U.S. They are also the geographical areas that tend to have the lowest vaccination rates. “It’s no surprise that the two go together,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. “This (delta variant) is the bad actor that we predicted it would be,” adds Dr. Poland. “Our seven-day average is getting up to 19,000 cases a day in the U.S. We were down to 3,000. So we’re starting to see, just as we predicted, a surge as people took masks off and as restrictions were lifted before we had achieved high rates of immunization.” In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland expands on how the highly transmissible delta variant continues to spread. He also talks about the possibility of COVID-19 vaccine boosters, explains how the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System works, and much more as he answers listener questions, in the video published on July 14, 2021, “May Clinic Q&A podcast: On the verge of predicted surge with COVID-19 delta variant“, below:
For more than a year, COVID-19 has forced people to depart from their normal routines. Physical isolation, working from home, and added stress and anxiety about a deadly coronavirus have led some people to develop bad habits that have consequences on both physical and mental health. “When we’re under stress, we revert back to what’s comfortable,” says Dr. Benjamin Lai, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician. “COVID-19 has brought unpredictability and a sense of loss of control. So, we fall back to what’s familiar. Some eat for comfort. Some seek alcohol. Some spend too much time on social media. It all boils down to dealing with chronic stress.” in the video published on Aug. 11, 2021, “Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Kicking your COVID-19 bad habits“, below:
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