Delta Variant Not Specifically Targeting Children, Says WHO

Delta Variant was not specifically targeting children, according to WHO.

On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the Delta COVID-19 variant of the coronavirus is not specifically targeting children.

Delta Variant was not specifically targeting children, according to WHO.
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According to WHO COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove, the evidence showed that the Delta variant — a COVID-19 variant first detected in India — was rather being transmitted among people who were socially mixing.

Let me be very clear: we are not seeing the Delta variant specifically target children,” said the US expert in a press conference.

The Delta COVID-19 variant had been detected in 132 countries and was more transmissible than earlier versions of the coronavirus disease — including other COVID-19 variants of concern.

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According to the World Health Organization, work was underway in order to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of the Delta COVID-19 variant and why it was more transmissible.

There was some suggestion that the variants were specifically targeting children, but that actually is not the case. What we are seeing is that the variants will target those who are socially mixing. What we do see is that the variants that are circulating will infect people if they are not taking the proper precautions,” said Van Kerkhove.

The World Health Organization had published a plan detailing ways in which schools can reopen and stay open in safety.

However, Van Kerkhove said that they really need to drive down transmission in the communities in order to make sure that they can open safely.

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