PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Health officials are learning more about the new variants of COVID-19. The latest strain is called the Delta Variant and it was first discovered in India. Scientists believe this strain may be more contagious and cause severe cases of the virus.

Researchers say now it’s hitting the United Kingdom. In the United States, researchers say about 6% of new infections are the Delta Variant. Scientists say this type of virus is more contagious, causes more severe disease and spreads in younger patients. Doctor Anthony Fauci says this could be dangerous if it becomes the new dominant strain in the U.S.

Experts believe the variant is highly susceptible to two-dose vaccines, but according to the U.K. Public Health Agency if you only get a single dose the vaccine effectiveness drops to 33%. Meanwhile the Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority are investing in OHSU’s research and clinical laboratory expertise to help them track the virus in our area.

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ImNotSpamKPTV

Ahh yes, perfect timing to 'scare' people into more shots, forever shots, monthly, yearly, you freaking name it. This is just a scare tactic people. Get yourselves healthy by exercise, vitamins, proper diet. You don't need the "shot" crutch.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

The arrogance of Fauci is just mind numbing. He is guilt of conspiracy with the Chinese Government, and of collusion with covering up the origin of the virus, after the fact. That he goes on every station, on every show, and sits there and insults our intelligence with his psycho-babble is just astounding. That obnoxious little Ferengi belongs in shackles, spending his days breaking big rocks into little rocks.

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