CORPUS CHRISTI — As the Coastal Bend is experiencing a high number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, a new variant known as the Delta plus variant has appeared in our area.
The new variant is a sub-variant of the regular delta strain, health experts don't know how exactly it affects the human immune system just yet but believes symptoms could be the same as the Delta variant.
Dr. Lonnie Schwritlich with Physicians Premier says, "Everybody seems to react a little differently to it. Each individual person has their own response in whether they have no symptoms at all, minimal symptoms, florid symptoms or have no symptoms and then at day 6 or 7, you crash and burn and get in trouble."
The Nueces County Health Authority Dr. Srikanth Ramachandrun says that our vaccination rate is growing but not fast enough.
"When you compare it to our neighbors in the south, we are far behind in vaccinations which is surprising in Corpus Christi, a vibrant community,” Ramachandrun said.
Now the best thing to do to avoid the virus is to continue to follow CDC guidelines and if you are not vaccinated, you should do so as soon as possible to help stop the spread of the virus.