The dreaded Delta Variant in Negros Oriental is definitely here with 4 confirmed cases, two of which are from Dumaguete City. This was confirmed by Dr. Liland Estacion, Negros Oriental Assistant Provincial Health Officer and head of the provincial IATF.
What is the Delta Variant?
The Delta Variant, also known as B.1.617.2, can spread more easily and is more contagious. The strain has mutations on the spike protein that make it easier for it to infect human cells. That means people may be more contagious if they contract the virus and more easily spread it to others. It is now the dominant strain in the U.S. Even vaccinated people can spread this virus faster. That is why unvaccinated people are the biggest priority.
The symptoms of the variant are similar to those seen with the original coronavirus strain and other variants, including a persistent cough, headache, fever, and sore throat.
Deltra Variant Cases in Negros Oriental
In a recent press conference given by Provincial IATF incident commander Dr. Liland Estacion, 4 cases of the Delta Variant were reported. Two of these cases are from Dumaguete City, residents of Barangays Looc and Motong. One has a travel history to Cebu, while the other regularly “goes in and out” of Negros Occidental. The other two cases are from Manjuyod and Bayawan City. The Manjuyod case, who was swabbed in Ayungon as he works there, has no known or confirmed travel history yet. While the case of Bayawan City is from Baranga Villareal.
The swab tests were taken last July 27, 2021. It was sent for further validation to the Genome Center in Manila on August 6. Results arrived on August 29, 2021, validating the results of Delta variant cases. Dr. Liland Estacion noted that all cases are local transmissions but are now recovered and alive. Health authorities are now conducting intensive contact tracing up to the third generation.
How to Prevent the Spread of Delta Variant?
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are urged to wear their face masks at all times when going out of their houses. Maintain a social distance of 1 meter and sanitize hands or wash hands as frequently as possible. Wearing face shields, especially in malls, public markets, and most crowded areas, are also advised to prevent the spread of the Delta Variant.