According to University at Buffalo experts, anyone who tested positively for COVID-19 in Western New York had virtually probably acquired the delta version.

It’s not unexpected considering the delta variant’s widespread prevalence across the country, but the UB researchers raised alarm about how quickly the delta variation become predominant in the area.

Almost All COVID Patients In Western New York Have The Delta Variant

They said it’s again another indicator that additional individuals have to get immunized, and that disguising and cultural distance is becoming more critical.

Almost All COVID Patients In Western New York Have The Delta Variant

“What was really striking to me was that in May, of the cases we sequenced, 1 percent were delta, and in June 25 percent were delta.

Then starting early July, every case except one was delta,” Jennifer Surtees, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and co-director of the Genome, Environmental, and Microbiome Community of Excellence, said this.

She and her colleagues of Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences have been performing the only COVID-19 genome sequencing in Western New York.

“UB’s sequencing efforts are an important part of our local and regional disease surveillance”, explained Gale Burstein, MD, Erie County Commissioner of Health and clinical professor of pediatrics in the Jacobs School.

“The delta variant’s overwhelming prevalence in our area helps to explain the recent, exponential increase in COVID-19 cases and COVID-19-related hospitalizations”.

As expected and warned by the experts this variant spreads rapidly and the same is the result of this research which proves that proper actions must be taken to curb this variant at the earliest and people must take it seriously as it has got higher fatality rate also.

This variant is responsible for the second wave of infection in many nations including the USA.

The amount of specimens sequencing from affected persons in Western New York in early July, according to Surtees, was tiny. When she with her UB coworkers analyzes roughly 100 additional specimens next week, she hopes to see even more examples of the delta variation.

“The inability to contain this virus constitutes what is essentially a gigantic evolutionary experiment on a global scale,” Surtees explained. This virus will continue to evolve as long as significant numbers of people continue to get infected.

Getting vaccinated and taking other mitigation measures like masking and social distancing are effective actions we can take to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.”

Surtees highlighted that studies from the United Kingdom showed that one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination is insufficient to prevent people from becoming ill.

“In the course of 18 months, we have gone through multiple iterations of this virus, which are increasingly transmissible and increasingly dangerous,” Surtees said. “And there’s no reason to think it’s going to stop without containing the virus. So all of these approaches are important.”

Families as well as other individuals who often get in touch with kids below the age of 12 but were never already immunized should get inoculated as well, according to Surtees, as this gives little security for the kids.

Surtees continued, “One of the frustrations throughout this pandemic has been that it has been difficult for people to evolve in their thinking. Over the past 18 months, as we learned more about the virus, our knowledge base and the virus have been changing.

When we get new information and new guidance based on that new information, that’s not flip-flopping, it’s not necessarily that we were wrong, it’s that the situation has changed, we have learned more and we need to adapt our policies and behaviors.”