Tucson, Arizona 2021-07-21 23:30:25 –
Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) —According to researchers, the Delta mutant is currently the predominant COVID-19 strain in Arizona.
Dr. Shad Marvasti is an associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine (Phoenix) and director of public health and prevention.
He states that there is concern about an increasing trend in delta variant cases.
“People need to be more aware and seriously worried about Arizona and the Delta Variants across the country,” he told KGUN9.
Dr. Malbasti says the variant doubled in the United States every two weeks last month. He says that’s not the only thing to worry about.
“It’s about 225% more infectious than the original strain that came out of Wuhan China, as you know. So we definitely need to worry. We need to worry. Mitigation. We need to change the strategy, “he added.
He states that the best defense against delta mutations is vaccination, ensuring that the vast majority of people dying from COVID-19 are not vaccinated.
“We have an unvaccinated pandemic, but it also has a vaccination role in spreading it,” Dr. Marvasti added.
Vaccinated people also have to do their part by shrinking social circles and wearing masks in indoor public spaces, he says. The main reasons are: Vaccinated people can develop breakthrough infections.
“That is, even if you are completely vaccinated and have some immunity, the virus will break through that immunity and infect you anyway,” he told KGUN9.
The Delta Plus variant is also present and is considered to be more contagious than the Delta variant, according to Dr. Malbasti.
“I’m still not sure if it’s more deadly,” he added.
At this time, he says, vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19, but we cannot guarantee its effectiveness in the event of mutations.
“In fact, the vaccine is less effective in the delta variant than in all previous variants,” he said.
Although Dr. Malbasti states that wearing a mask is the best behaviour, the CDC sticks to guidance to prevent vaccinated people from wearing a mask.
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