Delta is the name for the B.1.617.2. Variant, a SARS-CoV-2 mutation that originally surfaced in India. The first Delta case was identified in December 2020, and the strain spread rapidly, soon becoming the dominant strain of the virus in both India and then Great Britain.
Some doctors and public health departments have reported that people infected with delta strain, have different symptoms from the original Wuhan Covid-19. According to experts, the less common symptoms of the Delta Strains, includes cough and loss of smell. Other symptom includes headache, sore throat, runny nose, and fever.
The Delta variant; according to researchers, is not only far more transmissible than the original Covid-19; but it appears to be more lethal to people of all ages as well.
In Ghana; a Pharmacist and Fellow at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Dr. Kwame Sarpong Asiedu, have urged Ghanaians to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 safety protocols in the country religiously, and stressing that, as a country moving slowly to the third wave of the pandemic, it Is now more urgent than before, for everyone to adhere to the safety protocols.
Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, 24 July 2021, Dr. Kwame Sarpong Asiedu explained that; “Now we are seeing the delta variant driving globally and now it’s beginning to show up in Ghana, the latest wave. That has a reproductive number of 5 to 8. To put it in context, that is 200 times more lethal than the one we got in March by way of contagion”.
According Dr. Asiedu, recent breaches of the Covid-19 protocols by citizens and political leaders, undermines the country’s fight to eradicate the Covid-19 virus and return to normal.
Mr. Asiedu further revealed that; “In an unvaccinated population when this virus gets in there, it runs amok so, therefore, when you have a country like Ghana which has just 1.2% vaccinated and almost 98% unvaccinated, you can imagine if we go down this route, the riot that this virus is going to ramp”.
He cautioned that, “I want people to understand and how I want the citizens to process this is, you are dealing with an entirely different ball game. Entirely different from the ball game you played in March and the ball game you played in December”.
Dr. Asiedu, advised Ghanaians to look at what happened in India between April and June and in the UK, and stay safe.
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