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Virus Expert Just Issued This "Concerning" Warning

ETNT Health Logo By Alek Korab of ETNT Health | Slide 2 of 7: The Delta variant is "causing a lot of problems in the United Kingdom. The government is considering delaying the reopening for a month," said host John Dickerson. "The variant started in India, but now it's spreading across the world. What should we think about that?" "It's going to continue to spread," said Gottlieb. "It's concerning." The vaccines are protective against it—but more than ⅓ of Americans have not been vaccinated. "It appears to be more transmissible. There was data out from [epidemiologist] Neil Ferguson this week showing it's about 60% more transmissible than 117, which was that old U K variant that they are now calling the Alpha variant. So this is more contagious. It appears that people who get this virus have higher viral loads and they have those viral loads for longer periods of time. So they shed more virus right now in the United States. It's about 10% of infections, it's doubling every two weeks. So it's probably going to become the dominant strain here in the United States. That doesn't mean that we're going to see a sharp uptick in infections, but it does mean that this is going to take over. And I think the risk is really to the fall that this could spike a new epidemic heading into the fall."RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts

1. Virus Expert Said New Variant Makes Things More Dangerous Now—and There May Be a Spike in the Fall

The Delta variant is "causing a lot of problems in the United Kingdom. The government is considering delaying the reopening for a month," said host John Dickerson. "The variant started in India, but now it's spreading across the world. What should we think about that?" "It's going to continue to spread," said Gottlieb. "It's concerning." The vaccines are protective against it—but more than ⅓ of Americans have not been vaccinated. "It appears to be more transmissible. There was data out from [epidemiologist] Neil Ferguson this week showing it's about 60% more transmissible than 117, which was that old U K variant that they are now calling the Alpha variant. So this is more contagious. It appears that people who get this virus have higher viral loads and they have those viral loads for longer periods of time. So they shed more virus right now in the United States. It's about 10% of infections, it's doubling every two weeks. So it's probably going to become the dominant strain here in the United States. That doesn't mean that we're going to see a sharp uptick in infections, but it does mean that this is going to take over. And I think the risk is really to the fall that this could spike a new epidemic heading into the fall."

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