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COVID-19 and Virus Variants

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COVID-19 and Virus Variants

At a White House briefing last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the COVID-19 Delta variant is the nation’s greatest threat to date in the pandemic battle. Experts including OU Health Chief Quality Officer and OU Chief COVID Officer Dale Bratzler, D.O., MPH, believe the Delta variant, first identified in India, is responsible for the sustained, upward trend in new cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma as well as the nation.

Viruses are known for their ability to adapt to environmental change in order to survive and thrive. Tiny changes are often insignificant, but our experience with this coronavirus has not been typical. Many small changes in the original Wuhan coronavirus have occurred since the pandemic began, and it is clear that the pandemic is not over.

According to Dr. Bratzler, we have opposing opportunities: to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated, or possibly to watch a resurgence of infection, severe illness, hospitalization and death.

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