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Delta variant becoming globally dominant — WHO

June 19, 2021 People's Tonight 519 views

Transmission in PH controlled

(CNN) — The Delta variant is on its way to becoming the globally dominant coronavirus variant, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organization, said during a news briefing in Geneva today.

“The Delta variant is well on its way to becoming the dominant variant globally because of its significantly increased transmissibility,” said Swaminathan.

According to the WHO’s weekly epidemiological report released Tuesday, 80 countries have reported the Delta variant.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday she anticipates that the Delta variant will become the dominant strain in the United States.

About the Delta variant: Officially the B.1.617.2 variant, it was first detected in India in February and has now spread across the globe. Some fear it could overwhelm health care systems and reverse reopening plans before vaccinations take hold.

It is also more contagious — perhaps 60% more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was responsible for a surge in Michigan this spring.

But remember: People who are fully vaccinated seem to have good protection against it. Those who have gotten only one shot of a two-dose vaccine do not.

Transmission of Delta variant in PH, controlled

Meanwhile, the transmission of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, which was detected in the country on May 11, is controlled, an infectious disease expert said Friday.

“Naiwasan naman natin yung pag-spread sa community for now, although closely mino-monitor ito talaga dahil nakakatakot po talaga ang pinapakita nitong Delta variant sa iba’t ibang bansa, said Dr. Edsel Salvana, Department of Health (DOH) Technical Advisory Group member and infectious disease expert, during a televised public briefing.

So far, the country has recorded 13 cases of the Delta variant — all from returning Filipino travelers.

Salvana noted the immediate implementation of quarantine protocols for individuals entering the country helped in the containment of the virus.

“Yung sa ship naman, yung sa MV Athens Bridge na-quarantine naman sila pagdating dito at diretso sa ospital at tinest namin bago naming ni-release na negative na po talaga yung kanilang RT-PCR,” he said.

Earlier, the DOH warned the public to be more cautious against the Delta variant since it spreads quickly as seen in the United States, United Kingdom, China, and Indonesia.

“New cases in the United Kingdom, 90 percent are Delta variant. Nakikita din sa China ngayon, nagkaroon sila ng outbreak nitong Delta variant,” Salvana said.

Since the virus is sometimes transmitted up to the third generation, Salvana observed that contact tracing is more difficult, and individuals suffer from more severe symptoms.

“Sa aking experience dito sa apat na inalagaan ko, they had more chance to have severe disease. Ang tataas po ng markers ng pamamaga, inflammation sa katawan nila at yung isa nga po tuluyang namatay,,” he said.

In connection to this, Salvana urged the public to get vaccinated against COVID -19.

He also urged those who received their first dose of COVID-19 jab to get their second dose for full protection especially against the Delta variant.

“Ang isang nakakabahala doon sa mga partially vaccinated, mukang less po yung effectiveness, bagama’t protective pa naman kung nakadalawang doses na,” he added. Philippine News Agency