No sooner had the British celebrated the end of the pandemic with the complete lifting of restrictions on the coronavirus on June 21, than a new surge in the country’s incidence forced the government to reconsider these plans. The B.1.617.2 coronavirus strain is 60% more contagious than its Kentish or British relatives renamed the alpha variant. And he began his dangerous journey around the world. There is a growing concern in Germany about the delta invasion.
According to the WHO, the delta variant has already been detected in 80 countries and continues to mutate rapidly as it spreads to new geographical regions. A previously transferred COVID or a single vaccination does not provide reliable protection against infection.
The insidiousness of this strain is also that at the beginning of the disease, there may be no familiar symptoms: high fever, cough, and loss of smell. Among the first signs of the disease are now headaches and muscle aches, nasal congestion, and sore throat – something that usually accompanies a cold.
In Germany, the new strain is still not widespread, but the growth is already obvious. Therefore, the warning of the chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, that the easing and lifting of restrictions are clearly premature, was taken very seriously.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of cases of infection doubles weekly. This data is confirmed by Montgomery: the delta variant will spread in Germany faster than previous modifications: “The insidiousness of this strain is that the infected very quickly increase the viral load in the nasopharynx, and they can infect others without knowing that they themselves are sick.”
It warns of the need to wear FFP2 masks in public transport, confined spaces. And governments must have the courage to withdraw the promised easing measures. The main thing is not to repeat the mistakes of last summer when German tourists who were vacationing in other European countries returned home and brought the virus with them.
Karl Lauterbach, a health expert from the SED party, believes that the delta option will play a dominant role in Germany in the autumn. He expressed the hope that this strain will not create special problems for children who have not been vaccinated, according to the German news service Tagesschau.