The delta form, which is still the prevalent strain in the United States and many other parts of the world, has been on public health officials’ concerns recently.
However, as virologists have long cautioned, new variants are likely to emerge for some time, and preliminary data suggests that a new strain is currently circulating in South Africa.
Furthermore, the United States continues to be a hub for COVID-19 outbreaks, to the point where the European Union has suggested that unvaccinated travelers from the United States be denied entry.
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In South Africa, a novel coronavirus variant known as C.1.2 has been discovered.
According to Reuters, South African researchers discovered a new strain of the unique coronavirus “with various mutations” on Monday.
The variety, known as C.1.2, was initially discovered in South Africa in May.
Since then, it’s been discovered in several other places throughout the world, including Africa, Europe, and Asia.
C.1.2 appears to have alterations that could make it more transmissible and immune to immunizations, while this research is still preliminary, making judgments difficult at this time.
Furthermore, as Reuters points out, the delta form, which is the prevalent strain in South Africa and many other regions of the world, including the United States, is unlikely to be replaced at this time.
On August 24, the research on C.1.2, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, was released online.
While the possibility of it becoming another highly transmissible variation that could evade our vaccinations is a major concern, it’s unclear where it stands right now.
Scientists at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (known as Krisp for short) are currently analyzing the variant against antibodies in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, according to Bloomberg, and results are due soon.
Americans who have not been vaccinated may soon be unable to travel to European Union countries.
Other countries are taking notice as the United States continues to be overrun by COVID-19 cases, mostly due to the delta variant’s effect on unvaccinated persons.
According to CNN, the European Union has recommended that its member countries reintroduce travel restrictions against Americans who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The United States was removed from the European Council’s “safe list” on August 30. Residents of this group of countries can travel without being quarantined or tested upon arrival.
Individual countries have the right to make their own decisions, and this would only apply to unvaccinated Americans, but it serves as a reminder of how widespread delta is in the United States right now, and how the majority of instances are caused by people who have not been vaccinated.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are currently averaging 100,000 per day in the United States
According to The Wall Street Journal, the daily average number of persons hospitalized for severe COVID-19 symptoms has surged to 100,000 in the last seven days, the highest level since January.
According to The New York Times, hospitalizations have increased by over 500 percent across the country in the last two summer months.
ICU beds are filling up across the country, but especially in the South, and are at or near capacity.
Although the United States has not yet surpassed the peak number of hospitalizations experienced last winter, many states, including Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Idaho, have either ran out of beds or requested additional employees, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The highly transmissible delta variant’s influence on unvaccinated persons, who still make up a major part of the American population, is fueling the surge in cases and now spike in hospitalizations, as it has done for the past few months.
While children under the age of 12 continue to be unable to receive the vaccination, only around 60% of adults in the United States are fully immunized.
Despite no evidence that ivermectin helps treat COVID-19, prescriptions for the medicine have increased in recent weeks
Ivermectin is a drug that has been approved by the FDA to treat a few parasite illnesses.
Scientists studied it to see whether it may assist treat COVID-19 by literally eliminating the virus when the pandemic started, but after several research, there has yet to be any good proof that it works.
Despite this, ivermectin prescriptions have been on the rise since March 2020, and have been particularly high in recent weeks
The number of prescriptions for the anti-parasitic medicine increased from 3,600 each week before the pandemic to 88,000 in August of 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As reported by Popular Science last week, the medicine (which is available at a far greater dose for vets to treat large animals) can be exceedingly harmful if used wrong, causing gastrointestinal distress and, in the worst-case scenario, hypotension, confusion, and death.
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Claire Maldarelli is the Science Editor at Popular Science. She has a particular interest in brain science, the microbiome, and human physiology. In addition to Popular Science, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Scholastic’s Science World and Super Science magazines, among others. She has a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the University of California, Davis and a master’s in science journalism from New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program.
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