Coronavirus: COVID-19 Delta Variant
Posted on Aug 5, 2021
A newer strain of COVID-19 is causing concern as cases are rising in California and across the U.S. The Delta variant is spreading rapidly and causing another surge of COVID-19. Here’s what health experts have learned:
- Delta variant is highly contagious: The Delta variant accounted for more than 80% of new cases in the U.S. Health experts say it’s typical for a new strain of a virus to be more contagious because it often becomes much more efficient and easily transmitted.
- Delta variant symptoms are similar: The symptoms of the Delta variant appear to be the same as the original version of COVID-19. However, physicians are seeing people getting sicker quicker, especially for younger people. Their symptoms are like those of a common cold, such as cough, fever or headache, with the addition of significant loss of smell.
- Delta variant is affecting unvaccinated people more: In California and across the U.S., data shows that areas with lower vaccination rates tend to have higher COVID-19 infection rates. Health experts urge that COVID-19 vaccines work to prevent severe disease, which may be fatal.
- Breakthrough cases for vaccinated people are rare, but do happen: When a vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19, most either have no symptoms or have very mild symptoms, and it rarely results in hospitalization or death. No vaccine is 100% effective. With the COVID-19 vaccines averaging about 90% efficacy, health experts expect about 10% of those vaccinated could be infected.
- More COVID-19 variants are likely to come: The Delta variant is currently the most prominent strain of COVID-19, but the Lambda variant out of South America is also emerging. Health experts urge that if people want to get back to normal, a significant portion of the population needs to be vaccinated. As long as a large population across the world are unvaccinated, new strains of the virus will continue to develop and cause problems.
We are still not out of the woods with Covid due to this Delta variant. I have 3 patients who all had 2 doses of the vaccine and still tested positive for Delta variant. All have constipation, headaches and sore throats. None of the 3 patients came to my office, but I was able to assist their recovery by creating a treatment program with them via telemedicine and sending them Chinese herbal medicine.
I want everyone to be extra careful as we are also approaching flu season, a time of year that always taxes our immune systems. There are many things that you can do yourself that can keep yourself protected and keep your loved ones protected against this Delta variant:
- Make sure you have clean hands, wash them often and don’t touch your face.
- Wear a mask indoors and in public places.
- Make sure that mask covers your nose and your mouth and that you have clean hands when you put on your mask and you take off your mask.
- Avoid crowded spaces, keeping your distance from others, making sure that if you are indoors, you are in a room that has good ventilation – that can be as simple as opening a window so that you have good airflow.
Doing these things will reduce the possibility of exposure to the virus and reduce the possibility of you getting infected. In addition, when it’s your turn, get vaccinated. We know that the vaccines are incredibly effective of preventing severe disease and death.
Keep your immune system strong by eating your anti-inflammatory foods, drinking bone broth, sleeping well and exercising daily – get fresh air by walking outdoors. Revisit my blog posts for immune strengthening tips:
And please call or email me right away for a telemedicine appointment if you are not feeling well or think you may have the Delta variant. We can discuss your symptoms and put together a plan to get you healthy again.
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