The COVID-19 Delta variant. Known to be about 50% more contagious than the Alpha variant that was first identified in the UK. The Delta variant, or B.1.617.2, has mutations on the spike protein that make it easier for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to infect human cells. It has now been tagged by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “variant of concern”.
At the same time when the world races to vaccinate against COVID-19, this highly contagious version of the virus is sweeping the globe and is feared to be moving faster for vaccination efforts to catch up with it.
So what exactly is the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 and what should every frontline worker know about this new phenomenon? Are the symptoms different? Is it transmitted the same way as the Alpha variant? Why are more young people affected? Can it cause more severe symptoms? Can it cause serious health problems to persons who are already fully vaccinated?
These questions and more will be answered in the 61st episode of the University of the Philippines (UP) “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series, to be held on Friday, 16 July 2021, at 12:00 noon.
The 61st “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar will be a virtual international conference, titled “THE DELTA VARIANT: What Every Frontliner Needs to Know”.
Dr. Franco Felizarta, Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine Specialist and a member of the UP Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA), will be the presenter. The panel of reactors include: Dr. Eva Cutiongco-de la Paz, Executive Director of the UP Manila National Institutes of Health and Director of the Health Program of the UP Philippine Genome Center; Dr. Lai Poh San, Head of the Human Molecular Genetics Lab, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and Adjunct Faculty of the Genome Institute of Singapore; Dr. Abishek Rimal, Regional Coordinator of the Emergency Health for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; and, Dr. Niño Dal Dayanghirang, Programme Management Officer of the World Health Organization, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr. Ernesto Domingo, National Scientist and UP Professor Emeritus, will deliver the opening remarks, while UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla will give the closing remarks.
Those interested to watch this virtual international conference can register here.
This UP “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar can also be viewed on TVUP’s YouTube channel.