delta variant


variants or less commonly Delta variant
: a highly transmissible genetic variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
Since the summer, independently owned restaurants and music venues in Colorado have instituted their own vaccine protocols in response to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.Christine Ricciardi
Experts have said that Omicron appears to be causing less severe disease in people than the Delta variant did.Ed Browne

called also delta, delta virus

Examples of delta variant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Florida hospitals were overwhelmed by unvaccinated patients during the surge of the delta variant in summer 2021, DeSantis’s aides touted the state’s high vaccination rate in seniors and the steps the governor took to promote shots. Hannah Knowles and Fenit Nirappil, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023 Brownstein said some of the concern may be due to surges seen with variants in the past such as the delta variant in summer 2021, leading to a sounding of the alarm. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 15 Aug. 2023 In August 2021, Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins told commissioners they were required to wear masks during the Commissioners Court meeting after consulting local doctors about the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant. Philip Jankowski, Dallas News, 30 June 2023 In the spring of 2021, Walensky said fully vaccinated people could stop wearing masks in many settings, only to reverse course as the then-new delta variant spread. Mike Stobbe,, 5 May 2023 The country was devastated by a wave of infections involving the delta variant in 2021, which killed tens of thousands of people. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 The Defense Department will make vaccinations against Covid-19 mandatory for members of the U.S. military by Sept. 15 as the highly contagious delta variant spreads globally, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Monday. Travis J Tritten,, 9 Aug. 2021 The delta variant was from August 2021 through November 2021. Amy Goldstein, Dan Keating, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Mar. 2023 Consider that in the United States, daily hospitalizations and deaths, while lower than at the worst peaks, have not yet dropped to the low levels reached during summer 2021 before the delta variant wave. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Staff and Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2021, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of delta variant was in 2021

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“Delta variant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition

delta variant

variants also Delta variant
: a highly transmissible genetic variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
Citing the highly transmissible delta variant, President Biden ordered the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for long-term care staff …Hospital Employee Health
Maine hospitals managed to stay staffed even as hospital beds and intensive care units filled with patients through the monthslong coronavirus surge driven by the delta variantPeter McGuire and Hannah LaClaire, Portland (Maine) Press Herald
… available data indicate that Omicron tends to cause less severe symptoms than the previously dominant Delta variantLuke Money et al., Los Angeles Times

called also delta, delta virus

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