The Delta variant of the novel coronavirus has taken over the U.S.


Researchers believe the Delta variant is able to make copies of itself inside the human body at a faster rate than others.Photo: Gann, Brian (uploader)

Researchers believe the Delta variant is able to make copies of itself inside the human body at a faster rate than others. That means infected people carry a much larger viral load - more than one thousand times larger in some cases.

That kind of viral load can spread to another person within a few minutes - even at distances of six feet or more.

The risk of infection is significantly higher in unvaccinated people - who account for 97% of hospitalizations and 99.5% of deaths.


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