People infected with the Delta variant of the new coronavirus have a viral load up to 300 times higher than those infected with the original variant of the virus, a South Korean study concluded.
However, the same study concludes that the load gradually decreased over time – to 30 times in four days and more than 10 times in nine days – equivalent to levels seen in other variants after 10 days, announced the Prevention and Control Agency. of Diseases of Korea (KDCA), as published in The Guardian.
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The higher burden means that the virus is much easier to spread from person to person, increasing the incidence rate of infections and hospitalizations, explained a South Korean Ministry of Health official, Lee Sang-won, at a press conference.
“That doesn’t mean Delta is 300 times more infectious. The transmission rate is 1.6 times higher than the Alpha variant and about twice the original version of the virus”, he explained.
The Delta variant of the new coronavirus was first identified in India.
South Korean authorities recommended that people get tested immediately as soon as they develop symptoms of Covid-19.
The rapid spread of the Delta variant and low vaccination rates have affected much of Asia, especially in emerging economies, forcing the world to take a step back in economic recovery.
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