How the Delta variant compares to other COVID-19 strains

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, discusses the rising concern about the Delta variant.
2:41 | 06/16/21

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Joining us now is doctor Ashis job the dean of brown university school of public health. Doctor shot thank you for being with us and tell us what we know right now about the delta varied and how concerned are you about it. Yes a good morning and thanks for having me here my. I'm concerned about it it is far more contagious than any varying we have seen throughout this entire dynamic. It also appears to be a little bit more deadly for people who get infected. And what we are seeing his Waller vaccines seemed to generally hold up we're seeing a few more breakthrough infections as well also it's something we have to keep our. Or and we know that vaccines seem to be working against these variants but the big concern I think for a lot of parents out there are that their children under twelve. Aren't allowed to be able to get vaccines yet so how concerned are you about dot population the younger population and this variant. Think we don't get sick of the same race hasn't also doubts that sort of saving grace and I'll that's. Very very best way of protecting children who can't get vaccinated. It's making sure everybody around them are about its accident of the adults around them are vaccinated teenagers around the were vaccinated. So that has got to be the strategy right now get as many people's backs it is possible it's a good way to protect the unvaccinated. And we're hearing right now doctor John some reports that the symptoms of the delta variant may be different. Then other typical coded symptoms what do you know of how fat. Instead of that kind of classic loss of smell that we talked about all last year that still happens. But headaches and sore throat or their panic he features of this variant. Whether that'll hold up the martyrdom we don't know but it is an indefinitely and to you keep an eye on it looks like it's should sort of showing up a bit differently in people. And doctor shot out looking at where we are right now is a country we seem to be a country divided we have certain states even like your New York. Having fireworks us saying yea you know we've got a 70% tax need a vaccination threshold we will work with the pandemic is over reopening in the of other states keeping those restrictions in place how do we move forward and and does that make cents. Yeah personal even in New York which isn't very good job and I'm not vaccinations or Massachusetts or other prison Newman got New England with high vestiges of the enemy isn't totally over the donor it will show here. We will see some cases that states with high vaccination rates. Are really putting up a firewall against this period what I am worried about a cease with low vaccination rates allow some in the midwest a lot in the in the south. Which is really which are really still susceptible. And we've got to keep a close eye and there's only one way out of this pandemic we gotta get everybody vaccinated. So that's who should we focus on right now. Doctor shot as always we appreciate your expertise thank you for being with us today.

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