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The Delta coronavirus variant is exploding across Colorado

That’s bad news for unvaccinated people

John Ingold
The Colorado Sun
This scanning electron microscope image shows particles of the virus SARS-CoV-2 (round magenta objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2 is the scientific name of the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the United States.
Provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases's Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana

Infections from a dangerous new coronavirus variant are surging across Colorado, causing health officials to amp up the urgency in their messages for people to get vaccinated.

The Delta variant, which is believed to have originated in India and is also known as the B.1.617.2 variant, was first identified in Colorado in late April. By the first week of this month — a period of about six weeks — it had grown to account for an estimated 40% of all new infections in Colorado.

For comparison, it took eight weeks for the Alpha variant — also known as the B.1.1.7 or United Kingdom variant — to reach 40% of the state’s total cases. As of early June, that variant made up an estimated 48% of total cases in Colorado, but its share is falling as Delta’s rises.



Nationwide, the Delta variant is believed to account for about 10% of new cases.

Read more via The Colorado Sun.




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