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In the past month Tuscaloosa has had a 55% increase in Covid cases, with 22% positivity. Currently there is almost an 18% increase in daily Covid cases. Now there are 90 people hospitalized at Druid City Hospital for Covid. Druid City Hospital reports 23 are in the ICU and 10 are on ventilators.

Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty reports  an 850% increase in hospitalizations in Alabama within the last month. Sequencing samples showed that 85% were positive for the Delta variant.

The symptoms of the Delta variant are about the same as the original Covid. They include fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell and flu like symptoms such as muscle aches and fatigue.

The Delta variant is much more contagious than Covid when it first started.  It is more transmissible than Ebola, SARS, the common cold, flu, smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox.

Infection with a Delta variant produces virus amounts in the airway that are 10 times higher than what was seen originally. Infection is also more likely to lead to severe illness and hospitalization. Dr. Peramsetty says the vaccines are shown to be highly effective in preventing illness, hospitalization, and death.

Dr. Peramsetty advises all parents to have their children wear masks back to school, even though it is not required at this time. There is no vaccine for children under 12, as of yet.

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