The U.S. is keeping an eye on the U.K. after the coronavirus pandemic started.
The U.K.’s experience of the pandemic was a precondition of events to come for other countries., including the U.S. It proved true for Covid variants that hit the U.K. and then dominated in the rest of the world. The proof of this dynamic could be the alpha variant that emerged in England last year and became dominant across the globe. The same thing happened with the delta variant in India identified in the U.K. at an early stage.
Both strains are far more transmissible than their original virus that emerged in China at the end of 2019. The World Health Organization claims that the delta variant will soon become the dominant strain of the virus worldwide.
Delta – the greatest threat to the U.S.
The first thing to note is that the delta variant quickly spread across the U.K.
In a short period, the strain replaced the alpha variant to become dominant in the country in the middle of June. A government study showed that this time, the delta was responsible for 91% of all infections.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor, in the meantime, cases assigned to the delta strain make up almost 25% of newly diagnosed cases in the U.S.
Last week, Fauci said that the delta variant would become the dominant strain in the country in some weeks. It just exploded in the U.K. On NBC’s “TODAY” show, he said that it went to more than 95% of the isolates in the U.K.
He added that this variant has a time of about two weeks that means the doubling time.
Fauci warned that delta seems to be continuing the same pattern as alpha, which is similar to the situation in the U.K.
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