“Looking at how the delta variant has accelerated here in the United States over the past three weeks, this could be by far the predominant strain at the rate we’re going,” said Dr. Nikhil Bhayani, a specialist in Infectious diseases. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance specialist.
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He said the growing presence of the delta variant is a reminder why vaccines are important.
“It puts pressure on local governments, health services,” Dr Bhayani said. “Of course, people in general need to be aware that this is why we want to get vaccinated. “
The latest data from researchers at UT Southwestern shows that the alpha variant, also known as the British variant, remains dominant in North Texas.
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It was found in around 60% of the individuals sampled, but this is followed by an increase in the delta variant, now in over 20% of the individuals sampled.
“So far we’ve seen six cases in Dallas County,” said Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas County director of health and human services. “We know it’s there, you know, and it’s kind of a race to get so many people vaccinated and slow it down. “
While not a large number, Dr Huang said it was a concern, especially with the easing of restrictions and the drop in vaccination rates.
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“The greatest risk is for people who have not received the vaccine, and so it is at their own risk to circulate without masks,” he said.