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Virus Expert Issues "Unfortunate" Warning

The Delta variant is the most contagious yet.
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The coronavirus pandemic isn't over, as a new variant, called Delta, is proving more transmissible. This has experts—and Americans—worried. Dr. Paul Sax from Brigham and Women's Hospital appeared on CNN today to discuss why we should all be more careful. Read on for 5 life-saving pieces of advice and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

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Virus Expert Warns Delta Variant is "the Champ"

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We have had other variants before. What's so special about this one? "This particular variant seems to be the champ, unfortunately, as far as contagiousness," said Sax. "And so it's about 60 to 70% more likely to be transmitted. So the kind of activities that maybe before wouldn't have led to transmission to the virus now could, because of Delta—it does have some of the vaccine-evasive properties of some of the other variants, but it does look like our vaccines still work against preventing severe disease."

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Virus Expert Said 90% of Those With Severe COVID Were Unvaccinated

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"I want to underscore that recently in the state of Maryland, all of the people who died of COVID-19 where people were unvaccinated," said Sax, "we're finding 90% of the people with severe disease are un-vaccinated."

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Virus Expert Said the Virus Will Find Unvaccinated People

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The governor of West Virginia, a Republican, said: "If you're out there in West Virginia, and you're not vaccinating today, what's the downside? If all of us were vaccinated, do you not believe less people would die? If you're not vaccinated, you're a part of the problem rather than part of the solution." How can other Republicans get the message? "There are a bunch of reasons why people haven't been vaccinated and one of the worst reasons is the politics behind it because there's something that's really doesn't care whether you're Democrat or Republican, basically just, it's going to find the unvaccinated people," said Sax. "And the more contagious variants are really going to find the unvaccinated people. So if we remove the politics from it, I think a lot of people who are now sort of hesitant or distressful the vaccine would go ahead and get it done."

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Virus Expert Said This is Why His Patients Have Not Been Vaccinated Yet

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"It's remarkable, when I talk about it with patients, how many people don't do it just because it's inconvenient or they have to take time off from work or they're they have childcare responsibilities. Making getting the vaccine as frictionless as possible is one of the key efforts that we have to go forward with. Because remember when we started this, there was short supply, it was very hard. People had to sign up, it was complicated. Some people still think that's the case. That's really not the case now in the more places that we can make them available, workplaces, pharmacies, community centers in people's homes, the better. And I think that that's where we're headed next to find some remaining proportion or not getting the vaccine." 

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How to Be Careful Out There

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So follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more