Ireland Expecting 4th Wave of Covid Virus – Delta Variant

COVID-19 vaccines are now being rolled out in Ireland.

People aged 18 to 34 can get a Janssen single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in a pharmacy from Monday 5 July.

List of Pharmacies’ https://www2.hse.ie/Apps/Services/PharmaciesServiceList.aspx?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=pharmacy_list_vaccine

For more information call the HSE Call us on 1800 700 700 or 01 240 8787

HSE information on vaccine giving: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/covid19vaccineinfo4hps/bulletin/bulletin25.pdf

Things we know about the delta variant:

  1. The Delta variant of COVID-19 was first identified in India and is known as B.167.2.
  2. .More children are being infected with the Delta variant of Covid-19.
  3. Full vaccination ‘most important protective weapon’ against Delta variant – Martin
  4. It is the is the most contagious yet. A study by Public Health England suggests delta is 60% more transmissible than alpha.
  5. WHO officials have said there were reports that the delta variant also causes more severe symptoms, but that more research is needed to confirm those conclusions.
  6. The Delta is moderately resistant to vaccines, particularly in people who have received just a single dose
  7. Avoid crowds and maintain at least a 1-2 metres distance from others, even when you are swimming or at swimming areas. Wear a mask when you’re not in the water and you can’t stay distant. Clean your hands frequently, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or bent elbow, and stay home if you’re unwell.
  8. Infected people can transmit the virus both when they have symptoms and when they don’t have symptoms. This is why it is important that all people who are infected are identified by testing, isolated, and, depending on the severity of their disease, receive medical care.
  9. The “Three C’s” are a useful way to think about this. They describe settings where transmission of the COVID-19 virus spreads more easily. Crowded places Close-contact settings, especially where people have conversations very near each other; • Confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
  10. But while vaccinated people are less likely to be hospitalized because of the disease, this doesn’t mean they should drop their guard: they can still get ill from the virus and can still spread it to others.

ECDC: “Based on the current evidence, the SARS-CoV-2 Delta (B.1.617.2) variant of concern (VOC) is 40-60% more transmissible than the Alpha (Β.1.1.7) VOC and may be associated with higher risk of hospitalisation. Furthermore, there is evidence that those who have only received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination course are less well protected against infection with the Delta variant than against other variants, regardless of the vaccine type. However, full vaccination provides nearly equivalent protection against the Delta variant. Based on the estimated transmission advantage of the Delta variant and using modelling forecasts, 70% of new SARS-CoV-2 infections are projected to be due to this variant in the EU/EEA by early August and 90% of infections by the end of August. There is a well-documented age-risk gradient for SARS-CoV-2, where older age groups and those with underlying co-morbidities are more likely to be hospitalised or die due to COVID-19. In a scenario of 50% gradual reduction of non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) measures by 1 September, SARS-CoV-2 incidence is expected to increase in all age groups, with the highest incidence in those <50 years.Modelling scenarios indicate that any relaxation over the summer months of the stringency of non-pharmaceutical measures that were in place in the EU/EEA in early June could lead to a fast and significant increase in daily cases in all age groups, with the highest incidence in those <50 years, with an associated increase in hospitalisations, and deaths, potentially reaching the same levels of the autumn of 2020 if no additional measure are taken.”

THE Taoiseach urged the public to be vigilant and focus on “personal responsibilities” ahead of the next wave of Covid-19 infections.A spike in cases driven by the Delta variant, first identified in India, is projected for August, but Micheal Martin believes this wave will be different from past ones.Speaking at at Department of Health briefing on Thursday, Dr. Cillian De Gascun said that the Delta variant now accounts for approximately 70% of cases in Ireland. There is also a delta plus variant in Europe but not in Ireland.

COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery: The Path Ahead https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/

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