Scientists find the highly transmissible delta variant in New York state

Published June 17, 2021

A story in Medical Xpress on the delta variant of COVID-19 in New York State reports scientists at UB sequencing the genome of the COVID-19 sample have found “a delta variant of the coronavirus was detected in Erie County,” according to the article. “The delta variant, first identified in India and now responsible for its significant outbreak in the United Kingdom, is believed to be 200%, or twice as contagious, as the original coronavirus strain.” The article quotes Jennifer Surtees, associate professor with the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who said, “This is especially problematic for unvaccinated or unvaccinated individuals. [one shot].. Due to the distribution of this variant, these people, including children, are really at risk. I am particularly concerned about school. We have already seen an increase in cases among children — they are a large unvaccinated pool. Delta variants can exacerbate this.” The article also ran in the California New Times. A similar report ran on WGRZ-TV.