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No Time To Let Down Your Guard

The Delta plus on the rise

COVID-19 isn’t showing signs of slowing down or stopping any time soon. The new “Delta plus” variant has been seen in the United Kingdom and has now made its way to the United States.

The Delta plus COVID-19 variant, also known as AY.4.2, is said to be more dangerous and contagious than the already dangerous and high transmissible Delta variant.

“One expert said it could be 10% to 15% more contagious than Delta,” said NBC Boston.

Seeing as this subvariant is extremely dangerous and highly transmissible, this makes it even more important to be vaccinated and take the necessary precautions to ensure that you don’t catch the virus.

Dr. Mark Siedner who works at Massachusetts General Hospital told NBC Boston that nearly 100 percent of the COVID-19 virus being seen and treated in hospitals since May and June were the delta variant and says the delta plus variant has “new offshoots, almost like grandchildren.”

Actor Jason Momoa recently tested positive for COVID-19 while filming for Aquaman 2. The positive test came after he attended the UK Dune movie premier according to Fox News. Yahoo News reported that thousands of new cases of the delta plus variant have recently been diagnosed in England.

Being an actor who’s often in close proximity to others for extended periods of time can make it more difficult to stay healthy, especially if you aren’t vaccinated. It is still unclear if Momoa is vaccinated.

New variants continue to surface making it more difficult to fight against the transmission of COVID-19. To stay safe, continue to get vaccinated, get booster shots if you’re eligible, practice social distancing when possible, and sanitize your hands and frequently touched surfaces.

 

By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago

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Written by TrueStar Staff

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