Dr. Gandhi: ‘Delta strain’ is not more virulent or deadly

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An Indian woman in personal protective suit walks towards a COVID-19 ward of a hospital as others waits for their test results in Hyderabad, India. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:29 PM PT – Sunday, July 4, 2021

A top medical expert has argued fears of the Delta strain of COVID-19 have been overblown in media reports and assured the public there was no reason to be scared. Professor Monica Gandhi of the University of California, San Francisco stated although the strain has been able to spread faster, its virulence has remained low.

Dr. Gandhi added the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, does not cause more severe illness than any previous strains of COVID-19. She suggested public health officials were creating this dialogue of severe illness from the new strain as a ploy to increase vaccination rates.

Dr. Gandhi went on to express she did not expect a surge in COVID-19 cases to occur. She also highlighted the role of natural immunity and how it could protect against reinfection cases.

The CDC has recently reported COVID-19 survival rate is still above 99.9 percent.

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