The Delta variant of COVID-19 is at our doorstep.

Figures collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Delta surging in Missouri and Colorado. And with our neighbors now grappling with this more contagious variant, how long will it be before it tears through Kansas as well?

It could well already be here. The challenge with determining how different mutations of COVID spread is that you have to perform special testing on the samples. The more testing you do, as former President Trump once fumed, the more cases you’ll find.

Why is Delta concerning?

In short, it’s a type of COVID-19 shown to be far more contagious than any other previous iteration. That means it can tear through unvaccinated communities like wildfire. We saw the dire consequences earlier this year in India, with hospitals overwhelmed by severely ill people, and country-wide shortages of medical oxygen. Scientists are trying to determine whether the variant causes more severe illness.

The good news? Vaccines work against Delta. Studies have repeatedly shown that fully vaccinated people have nearly as much protection against Delta as they do against any other type of COVID-19.

The bad news? You need to be fully vaccinated. No showing up for the first of two vaccine appointments and then blowing off the second. Data shows that the first shot alone is less effective at stopping Delta.

And if you’re not vaccinated at all? Watch out.

For everyone out there who hasn’t been vaccinated yet — and we know there’s a good number of you — it’s time to get your shot. We’re incredibly lucky in the United States to have an abundance of excellent vaccines, with minimal side effects. You can walk into a grocery store or pharmacy to receive one, and you will begin to protect yourself against all of the currently circulating varieties of COVID.

The vaccines have been tested thoroughly, have been approved by the FDA and have been proven not only to prevent symptoms but also to actually prevent you from catching or spreading COVID. They are incredible scientific accomplishments.

We shouldn’t just be vaccinated — we should feel incredible pride at what our fellow men and women have managed to do.

So get that vaccine. Stop Delta in its tracks, and let’s keep this nationwide recovery going.

Topeka Capital-Journal

(5) comments

MWS

Here is another article on the vaccine that is spreading lies and disinformation. It gives the good side and not the bad. The vaccine is actually experimental and not FDA approved. They have severe side effects in many cases and many people who have been vaccinated got the virus. Because of the contradictions and lies of Dr. Fauci many are reluctant to get the vaccine and do not trust the government. With good reason.

Aim_High

Lol... still no sources for any of your claims? The covid vaccine is authorized for emergency use by FDA based on successful clinical trials and has led to reducing the amount of infected people down to pretty low numbers. Facebook conspiracy theorists refusing to be vaccinated are the only thing keeping the virus going... they are probably hoping for another shutdown of the economy like what Trump did... sad!!! The most serious side effects from covid vaccines is inflammation of the heart, but has only been reported by 519 people (.00025 percent) and has not led to any deaths or lingering issues... the vaccines are pretty darn safe... much much safer than having covid. And yes, people who are vaccinated could get the virus... I don't think anyone has ever said the vaccine is 100% effective... mostly around 95% which means 5 people out of 100 will probably get the virus... but 95 out of 100 wont. It's pretty simple, really.

And Dr. Fauci has cleaered up his statements already. Don't blame your ignorance of science on the experts who spend hours explaining things.

anon1999

We've also already seen that 95% of those without the vaccine don't get covid, and yes, it's "authorized for emergency use" as a technology that just a few years ago was instant death. They've eliminated the instant part and declared success. Good Luck!

Aim_High

95% of unvaccinated don't get covid? Obviously no credible source exists for that one, lol... In reality it's probably more like 95% of covid cases are unvaccinated people.

Unvaccinated people are still catching and spreading covid to each other all over the place. Some vaccinated people get covid too, but they very rarely get very sick compared to unvaccinated people. The saddest part is most people still getting sick or dying from covid nowadays was largely preventable, and they're not getting vaccinated because they believe nonsense like a brand new vaccine for a brand new virus is "a technology that just a few years ago was instant death. They've eliminated the instant part and declared success." It's sad, really. The delta variant is highly contagious and spreading fast. Good Luck!

Rationa1

MWS, your post is the one full of wrong information. The FDA has approved the vaccines for emergency use. Both the clinical trials and the results among those vaccinated show it is far safer than being unvaccinated. The number of people who experience side effects have been far lower than the number of people who would have contracted COVID-19 if they had not been vaccinated. The vast majority of those receiving the vaccine have not contracted COVID-19, and of those who have the vast majority have experienced mild versions. The percentages of those who contract and also those who die of COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine are far lower than the percentages the unvaccinated who contract and who die. Dr. Fauci's evolving position on COVID-19 responses are used as excuses by people who already distrusted government, and has not caused anyone I know of to distrust the government.

The op-ed piece borrowed from the Topeka paper is on point. Get vaccinated, and listen to the scientists.

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