What to know about the delta COVID-19 variant first detected in India

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While prevalence of the variant, also known as B.1.617.2, is still low in the U.S., its prevalence has doubled since last week, rising from 3% to 6%, according to a report from HHS.

."Get vaccinated," he added."Particularly if you’ve had your first dose, make sure you get that second dose. And for those who have been not vaccinated yet, please get vaccinated."Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty ImagesA health worker takes a swab sample from a laborer at a construction site in New Delhi, India, on June 10, 2021.

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As of Thursday, 52% of Americans had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 43% were fully vaccinated,according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.While experts agree that vaccination is the best defense against all circulating versions of the virus, there are still many unanswered questions about the delta variant. Here's what we know so far:

Is the delta variant more transmissible than the original version of the virus?Most likely, but some virologists say we need more information to be sure.The World Health Organizationclassifies the delta variantas a"variant of concern," meaning it may be associated with increased transmissibility. headtopics.com

Health officials in the U.K. went further, issuing a risk assessment in early June, indicating that they believe the delta variant is more easily spread from person to person than the alpha variant, which was first detected in the U.K. and spread rapidly there until the delta variant took over.

According to the assessment,"it is highly likely that delta is significantly more transmissible than alpha."Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, doubled down on that message duringan interview with ABC News' David Muir

on Wednesday, calling the delta variant"the most contagious variant we've seen so far."Vincent Racaniello, a microbiology and immunology professor at Columbia University, argued that we should interpret the infectiousness of the delta variant cautiously. The variant's rapid rise also has to do with human behavior and relaxed restrictions and shouldn't be strictly attributed to the virus being more transmissible.

Peter Byrne/PA via APMembers of the Armed Forces speak to people, outside a mobile COVID-19 vaccination center outside Bolton Town Hall, in Bolton, England, June 9, 2021, where case numbers of the Delta variant first identified in India have been relatively high. headtopics.com

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"Preliminary results say you do see this increased transmissibility, but we still need to collect more information," said Nevan Krogan, a molecular biologist at the University of California, San Francisco. Most of the data we have on the delta variant is in India, Krogan explained, which isn't tracking variants as closely as the U.K. There should be more data available now that the delta variant is dominant in there.

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