Originating from India, the Delta variant of Covid-19 has spread its way across the world and is now the driving factor behind many recent outbreaks of the virus.
This strain is understood to be more transmissible than the original Covid-19 strain with the World Health Organisation estimating that it’s 55% more transmissible than the Alpha variant, which was 50% more transmissible than the original variant.
After the Delta variant reached Irish shores, it triggered a surge in new Covid-19 cases with a prime example being Monday’s figures, where for the first time since May, Covid-19 hospitalisations rose above 100.
Although extremely transmissible, no data has yet been made on the death rate.
This could be down to a number of factors such as the majority of elderly and vulnerable individuals being fully vaccinated as well as the fact that the current majority of unvaccinated individuals are younger people who have stronger immune systems.
As there is no official data on the death rate, we cannot jump to our own conclusions that the Delta variant is either extremely dangerous or doesn’t pose any threat at all.
Given the current situation that we are living in as well as the current information that we have been given on the variant, do the risks the Delta variant pose warrant the current restrictions that are in place?