15 Jun e7Health CEO Discusses Implications of COVID-19 Variant Delta
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jonathan Baktari, MD
CEO of e7health.com
Dr. Baktari, CEO discusses the COVID-19 Delta COVID-19 variant and his insights into pandemic concerns and control.
MedicalResearch.com: What is meant by the ‘Delta’ variant? Are there differences in the clinical presentation or complications?
Response: Variants are now given Greek lettering for everyone and the Delta variant represents the variant from India. Pulmonary reports indicate it is much more contagious and there are reports of increased hospitalization with this variant.
MedicalResearch.com: Where is the variant currently found and where is it likely to spread?
Response: Obviously India, but it has taken over as the dominant strain in England and it is about 6% of the strains in the United states and growing.
MedicalResearch.com: Do the US vaccines offer protection against infection with the variant?
Response: The three approved vaccines currently do offer protection, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.
MedicalResearch.com: Do you expect that booster vaccinations will be necessary? Do you suggest we still wear masks?
Response: I think at this time that is unknown but if there are more variants and the pattern continues, that is more than likely necessary. I think as long as the majority of the population is vaccinated or has had the disease, the need for mask wearing will become less and less.
MedicalResearch.com: Do you have any insights into the origin of the COVID-19 virus?
Response: Currently there’s very little evidence that it was naturally transmitted from a bat to humans but that is still an open question. Also, the likelihood that it was spread from a laboratory is equally likely a possibility given the circumstances.
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