COVID-19: The Delta Variant Becomes the Dominant Strain in California

By , in Health News on . Tagged width: , , , , , ,

The world’s most affected country by the COVID pandemic, the USA, is once again facing a terrible scenario. Although the daily number of infections and deaths have gone down tremendously, as reported by, the Delta variant of the coronavirus is now the dominant strain in one of the most important American states: California.

Experts consider the Delta strain as the most dangerous one so far, mainly because it spreads more rapidly than other variants of the coronavirus.

35.6% of coronavirus variants analyzed in June were represented by the Delta strain

Los Angeles Times writes that according to new data revealed by the California Department of Public Health, 35.6% of the COVID variants that were analyzed in June turned out to be identified as the Delta strain that concerns researchers and doctors. This means a significant increase from May, when the Delta strain comprised only 5.6% of the analyzed COVID cases from California.

The California Department of Public Health declared for the Los Angeles Times:

The rapid increase in the Delta variant suggests that this strain is more easily transmitted between people than other strains circulating in California,
Nevertheless, there is evidence that vaccines available in the U.S. are effective against the Delta variant.

If we take a good look at what the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, has to say, we realize that the situation could be even worse than people thought. Walensky said that 25% of analyzed COVID cases from the US belong to the Delta variant, according to recent data.

Since the start of the COVID pandemic, the US has reported a number of over 34.5 million infections with the coronavirus and more than 621,000 deaths caused by it, according to data from