Recent CDC reports show that the Delta strain became dominant in the U.S and is accountable for at least 83% of SARS-CoV-2 infections, according to sources. This means that this strain, which originated in India, is highly transmissible because, at the beginning of this month, the percentage of Delta variant infections was 50%. The Biden Administration might even consider making masks mandatory once again if the numbers of daily infections continue to surge.
The Biden Administration and the CDC are analyzing the situation
Recent articles from several sources mention that the White House is considering adding more restrictions, including wearing masks again. The debate is ongoing, and all data available are taken into consideration. It is mentioned that the White House is hesitant in enforcing new measures and that the CDC or other health officials should recommend them. Even so, the U.S Government is making efforts to try to stop this new strain from taking over the U.S.
Are the Delta strain symptoms the same as previous SARS-CoV-2 variants?
Health providers talk about the different symptoms experienced by those infected with the Delta strain. PhillyVoice mentions that the initial symptoms are nasal congestion, sore throat, headaches. With previously identified SARS-CoV-2 strains, the most common symptom was the loss of taste and smell. Health experts believe that a new wave caused by the DELTA variant will affect heavily unvaccinated people, and this is why the FDA announced that they are trying to make vaccination available for children under 12 starting this winter. To reach herd immunity, it is necessary to have fully vaccinated that more than 70% of people inside a community. With the beginning of the school year this fall, parents are concerned that younger children are not protected against this new aggressive variant.