Delta Variant Update: Everything You Need to Know About the New Delta Variant

Posted by Source Ortho on 19th Jul 2021

Delta Variant Update: Everything You Need to Know About the New Delta Variant


With summer in full swing and at least 40% of the United States vaccinated, many cities are beginning to let their guard down by ending mask mandates and reopening communities. However, with the new Delta variant number rising rapidly, is it too soon?

A mere month ago Delta was only accounting for 10% of new COVID cases around the country and it is now the most dominant variant, making up for 50% of all new cases of the virus.

What is the Delta Variant?

First discovered in India in December of 2020, the Delta COVID variant is quickly spreading and becoming a leading strain of infection in the United States and across the globe. Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant is proving to not only be more easily transmitted from person to person but may also lead to more severe symptoms in some.

Another cause for concern is the symptoms some experience. The typical high alert symptoms such as cough and loss of smell may not be as prevalent with Delta. This could mean that an individual may be less likely to know that they have in fact contracted COVID 19. Additionally, Delta seems to be targeting younger age groups than other variants have previously.

The Importance of Getting Vaccinated

While most vaccines do still provide some protection against the delta variant, research is showing that they may not be as protection as they are against other strains. This is especially true for at-risk populations such as the elderly or immunocompromised.

As of the date this article was written, 48% of the United States population has been fully vaccinated. While many cities and states have higher vaccination rates than the US does as a whole, there are pockets of the United States that are showing significantly lower vaccination rates. These specific areas are beginning to emerge as new hot spots around the country and may be a cause for concern.

These states include:

  • Florida
  • Oklahoma
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Nevada

Some of these states are seeing 100% increase in cases according to NPR.

With the significant increase in numbers in such a short period of time, many of the cities who had previously ended their mask mandates are now requiring them once again indoors in public places.

What is the Delta Plus Variant?

Also known as B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1, the Delta Plus cariant is considered a “subvariant” of the Delta version. This subvariant has a mutation in the spike protein that allows the virus to better attack lung cells and potentially escape vaccines.

Originating in India, Delta Plus has now been found in the U.S., U.K., and nearly twelve other countries around the globe. India has labeled it a variant of concern, but the CDC and WHO haven’t.

What Mask Is Most Effective Against the Delta Variant?

When it comes to protecting yourself against the Delta variant, the most important thing you can do is get vaccinated. However, with many cities re-issuing mask mandates, it’s important to know which ones offer the most protection.

N95 Masks. These are manufactured in the United States and meet the testing requirements for both the FDA and NIOSH. N95 face masks offer up to 99% effectiveness against airborne irritants, allergens, and viruses. They offer a tighter, more secure fit that limits the amount of air leakage into and out of the sides of the mask.

KN95 Mask. Manufactured to be comparable to N95 Masks, KN95 masks also offer up to 99% protection from viruses and other airborne irritants. These face masks feature elastic ear loops to make wearing them for extended hours more comfortable along with a moldable nose bridge for a higher level of protection.

Z Shield. A great addition to your face mask, a Z Shield protective face shield effectively covers your eyes and mouth for an enhanced level of protection when out in public. The Z Shield is unique in that it sits comfortably around your shoulders instead of others that sit around your head.

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