The B.1.617.2, or Delta, variant first identified in India is like “Covid on steroids,” Andy Slavitt, former White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, said Wednesday.
“This is a more virulent strain,” Slavitt told CNN. “This is like Covid on steroids. You can be around people for less time and still get exposed.”
The CDC has labeled the Delta variant a “variant of concern,” noting it now accounts for about 10% of cases in the US.
Slavitt said the variant provides people with one more reason to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
“If you have been vaccinated, you have very little to worry about,” he said.