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The Delta Variant Is 50% More Transmissible

There are still many COVID-19 hurdles ahead of us.

I think most people are tired of hearing news about the coronavirus. We all want to get back to “being normal” and this past Fourth of July holiday weekend was one where families and friends reunited, perhaps for the first time.

So excuse me for introducing more information that I think you should know about the Delta variant via this The Daily podcast: “The Rise of Delta.”

The podcast is described this way: “The Delta variant of the coronavirus is threatening to put the world in an entirely new stage of the pandemic. The variant is spreading fast, particularly in places with low vaccination rates — it is thought to be around 50 percent more transmissible than previous versions. What can be done to stop Delta, and how will the variant hamper global efforts to return to normalcy?”

I noted that the Biden administration is gearing up what I’ll call “mobile teams” to deploy to hot spots here in the United States when the infection rate rises in specific geographical areas. They will be able to help with testing, vaccinations and actual medical augmentation, in some cases, to help with the treatment of ill people.

An old expression is “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” I suppose the expression isn’t politically correct these days, but I do know that in this case the orchestra is just tuning up their instruments and she hasn’t even arrived and gone to her dressing room. We have a long COVID-19 journey ahead of us still.

Until she sings, you should try just humming along to whatever tune it is you like to hear.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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