Here is what the government experts in the UK had to say last week about the delta variant. Below is my summary:
1. We think it is more transmissible that the initial Covid variant. However, since the original Covid variant was extremely transmissible, it is unclear how much difference this will make, especially in the US and other locations where levels of immunity are high–which naturally lowers transmissibility considerably.
2. We wish we could say it causes more severe disease than earlier variants, but we have no evidence it does.
3. We wish we could say that this variant defeats natural immunity, but there is no evidence it does.
4. Vaccine effectiveness seems to be a tiny bit less for this variant, but this is hardly noticeable after two doses of vaccine. We have no idea how transmission of the delta variant is affected by vaccination. [Nass–this is hard to believe, given the other family studies Public Health England reports having done. Did they avoid studying it, because vaccination did not prevent transmission?]
Overall UK assessment: our findings are contradictory. We know nothing about whether the disease caused by the delta variant is any different than the severity or pattern of disease due to the earlier variants.
Yet most cases in the UK are now being caused by the delta variant. [So how can they be so ignorant?–Nass] Coming up with answers is a priority for UK public health.
Nass’ bottom line: ignore the hype. Get some HCQ and ivermectin in case you are still not immune (though you probably are if you live in the UK or US) in case you do get a symptomatic case of Covid; check your Vitamin D level; take some zinc; call it good. Throw away the TV, relax and do something fun.