The more dangerous and transmissible Delta variant has spread to nearly every state in the United States, raising concerns among health experts about possible Covid-19 increases this fall. The variant was first discovered in India and is now classified as a variant of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention problem, which means experts believe it can spread more quickly or cause more severe disease.
According to the CDC, the Delta variety currently accounts for nearly one out of every five new coronavirus infections in the United States. And, according to the CDC, with more than half of the population still not wholly vaccinated, health experts and officials are concerned that areas with low levels of viral protection could witness an outbreak.
The rapid spread of this variety in Los Angeles County has prompted officials to reinstate mask guidelines for public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued the voluntary mask advisory Monday, calling it a precautionary measure that was necessary until health officials could better understand how and to whom the Delta strain is spreading.Experts say research suggests vaccinations from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech provide significant levels of protection against the variant. Still, LA Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says it’s unclear what the variant’s future will be as it grows more every day. At this time, however, not all local leaders are implementing preventative guidance.