A surgeon in the United States says unvaccinated people are more likely to catch the more dangerous COVID-19 variant.
As more and more people get vaccinated, another variant for the virus lurks right behind its predecessor – a more, potentially deadlier version. According to CNN Health, a U.S. surgeon says people who have yet to get the vaccination run a greater risk of catching the new variant.
“For those who are unvaccinated, they are increasingly at risk as more and more variants develop,” Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNN on Wednesday, referring to the B.1.617.2, or Delta variant, which was first identified in India. “The news about the Delta variant is evidence of really why it’s so important for us to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said. Murthy also mentioned that the new variant transfers from person to person more easily.
We’re all trying to get back outside, and health experts say the fastest way to do that is for more people to get vaccinated.
“We don’t want to let happen in the United States what is happening currently in the U.K., where you have a troublesome variant essentially taking over as the dominant variant, which has made it a very difficult situation in the U.K.,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said in an interview with CNN.