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What You Need To Know About The Delta Variant

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This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the widely-circulating Delta variant. Health officials have described the variant as far more contagious than other strains and a greater risk to unvaccinated people, particularly in Southeastern states, where vaccination rates are low.

Three in 10 US adults still say they have not been vaccinated and don’t plan on getting a vaccine, according to a new poll. What questions do you have about the Delta variant?


Dr. Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at UCSF / San Francisco General Hospital

Web Resources:

Participate in long-hauler COVID research at UCSF: LIINC Study

NBC News, Denise Chow and Erika Edwards: Threat of delta variant looms large in unvaccinated South

NY Times, Apoorva Mandavilli, Carl Zimmer and Rebecca Robbins: Three Studies, One Result: Vaccines Point the Way Out of the Pandemic

NY Times, Apoorva Mandavilli: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Protects Against Delta Variant, Company Reports

MotherJones, Jackie Flynn Mogensen: Antivaxxers Want You To Believe Vaccines Don't Work Against the Delta Variant. They're Wrong. – Mother Jones

AP, Carla K. Johnson and Mike Stobbe: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

The Washington Post, David Lynch: Poor countries’ struggles amid vaccines shortfall threaten greater instability, migration and disease

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.