The Delta variant might pose the biggest threat yet to vaccinated people

The Extinction Chronicles

Aria BendixJun 17, 2021, 9:22 AM

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Researchers sequenced coronavirus samples at the microbiology laboratory of the University Hospital of Badajoz in Spain on April 15.

  • The Delta variant appears to be more transmissible than any other coronavirus strain.
  • Some experts worry the variant could result in more breakthrough cases in vaccinated people, especially those who have had only one dose of vaccine.
  • Right now, the Delta variant does not seriously threaten anyone who has had two vaccine doses.
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Scientists have long worried about a coronavirus variant that’s more dangerous than the original virus in three key ways: It would be more transmissible, result in more serious illness, and evade protection from existing vaccines.

“The nightmare here is a variant that checks off all three boxes,” said Bob Wachter, the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of…

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