on origin of delta variant name
Ella Lee, USA TODAYSun, August 1, 2021, 4:03 PM·3 min read
The claim: The “delta” in delta variant means “deep sleep”
The delta coronavirus variant has caused a sharp spike in cases around the country, according to public health officials.
But some people online say there’s something even more sinister about the delta variant: its name.
“You’re under a spell,” reads text in a July 31 post on Facebook, which has more than 1,400 shares. “Delta variant. Delta = Deep sleep.”
The text is overlaid on a photo that depicts a man sleepwalking, with faded images of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in the background. Since the start of the pandemic, misinformation about both men has spread widely online, including false claims that they’re microchipping vaccines and planning or engineering the pandemic.
“You have to be asleep to believe it…” the post’s caption says.
While the delta variant does share a name with a brain wave that is associated with sleep, there is no deeper meaning. The coronavirus variants are named after letters in the Greek alphabet.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post for comment.
COVID-19 variants, delta waves named using Greek alphabet
The term “delta” doesn’t mean “deep sleep.” It’s the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet.
The naming system was chosen for coronavirus variants in May. Before then, variants were referred to by alphanumeric identifiers, which scientists still use among themselves, and the locations where they were discovered. The World Health Organization called the latter practice “stigmatizing and discriminatory.”
“These labels were chosen after wide consultation and a review of many potential naming systems,” the WHO says on its website, adding that nomenclature and taxonomic experts, researchers and national authorities were consulted.
The four notable variants that public health officials are monitoring in the U.S. are named alpha, beta, gamma and delta. The WHO will announce another naming system when the 24 Greek letters are used up, USA TODAY previously reported.
The claim is likely referring to delta brain waves, which occur most often during the sleep period known as deep sleep. The four categories of brain waves were also named using the Greek alphabet.
Our rating: False
The claim that the “delta” in delta variant means “deep sleep” is FALSE, based on our research. Both the delta variant and delta brain waves were named using the Greek alphabet.
Our fact-check sources:
- Steven Duke, July 30, Facebook post
- Associated Press, June 16, Brain waves not a factor in naming COVID-19 variants
- USA TODAY, May 31, WHO renames COVID-19 variants with Greek letter names to avoid confusion, stigma
- World Health Organization, July 23, Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants
- World Health Organization, May 31, WHO announces simple, easy-to-say labels for SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Interest and Concern
- VeryWellMind, Nov. 25, 2019, The Impact of Delta Waves on Deep Sleep
- Scientific American, Dec. 22, 1997, What is the function of the various brainwaves?
- USA TODAY, Aug. 25, 2020, Fact check: ‘Plandemic’ sequel makes false claims about Bill Gates
- USA TODAY, June 15, 2020, Fact check: Bill Gates is not planning to microchip the world through a COVID-19 vaccine
- USA TODAY, June 30, 2020, Fact check: US government did not engineer COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 29, About Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19
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The coronavirus delta variant might be more dangerous than we thought: 5 Things podcast
USA TODAYFri, July 30, 2021, 8:02 AM·9 min readIn this article:
On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: The delta variant of coronavirus might be even more dangerous than we thought. Plus, USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken reports from the Tokyo Olympics, Bob Nightengale updates us on the MLB trade deadline, Prince’s estate releases a new album and the IRS sends out more refunds.
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Good morning, I’m Taylor Wilson. And this is 5 Things You Need to Know Friday, the 30th of July 2021. Today, just how dangerous is the Delta variant of COVID-19, plus Prince releases a new album after his death, and more. Here are some of the top headlines:
Japan is expanding its coronavirus state of emergency beyond Tokyo to four more areas on Friday. The move comes during a record spike in cases at the same time as the ongoing Olympics. Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney. The star of superhero film, Black Widow alleges in the suit that the studio breached her contract by releasing the film to stream on Disney+ at the same time as it’s theatrical debut. Johansson said her salary was based largely on box-office performance. And as expected, Cade Cunningham went first overall to the Detroit Pistons in Thursday nights, NBA draft. The Houston Rockets selected Jalen Green at two, and the Cleveland Cavaliers took Evan Mobley at number three.
Evidence is growing about just how dangerous the Delta variant of COVID-19 is. A CDC memo out Thursday painted some of that picture. Health officials continue to stress the importance of vaccination saying those who are vaccinated are three times less likely to catch COVID-19, and 10 times less likely to die from it than unvaccinated people. But vaccinated people can still get the virus, especially with half the country still allowing it to circulate by not getting vaccinated. And once infected, vaccinated people are just as contagious as those who aren’t. Dr. Charles Chiu, an infectious disease expert at UC, San Francisco said, “The data makes a pretty compelling justification for why we need to go back to mask-wearing and other public health measures. I do think it’s because of the Delta variant.”
The CDC earlier this week recommended that people in places with high infection rates continue to mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. And county and city officials around the country are increasingly rolling out new mask mandates. Government officials continue to focus on trying new ways to get more people vaccinated. President Joe Biden announced Thursday that all civilian federal employees and onsite contract workers must get vaccinated or go through testing every week while also being forced to socially distance and wear a mask at all times. And the president is looking into other ways to up vaccination numbers.
President Joe Biden:
Since many vaccinations are required for active-duty military today, I’m asking the Defense Department to look into how and when they will add COVID-19 to the list of vaccinations our armed forces must get. Our men and women in uniform, who protect this country from grave threats, should be protected as much as possible from getting COVID-19. I think this is particularly important because our troops serve in places throughout the world, many where vaccination rates are low and disease is prevalent. It’s an American blessing that we have vaccines for each and every American. We’ve made it our first and top priority to have available vaccines for every eligible American. And that’s never going to change, as long as I’m here. And it’s a shame. It’s just such a shame to squander that blessing. This is an American tragedy. People are dying, and will die, who don’t have to die. If you’re out there unvaccinated, you don’t have to die.
Vaccines remain very effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, but early data is showing they worked better against the original strain and Alpha variant than against Delta. In one Israeli study vaccinated people over 60 were shown to be 97% protected against Alpha, but only 85% against Delta. And the CDC said Thursday that people may be infectious for longer with Delta, 18 days instead of 13. That could be particularly daunting for how long people need to quarantine after contracting the virus. And above all, Delta is much more contagious than other variants, as contagious, but deadlier than chickenpox. Among common infectious diseases, only measles is more contagious. It’s also important to note that new and even worse variants of COVID could be on the horizon if vaccination rates remain low. 57.2% of Americans are at least partially vaccinated, with 49.4% of the country fully vaccinated.
It was a good day in the pool for Team USA on Thursday. USA Today Sports, Dan Wolken has the latest from Tokyo.
It was great to be a Florida Gator, as they say, when it came to Team USA’s morning in the pool. Not only did former Florida swimmer Caeleb Dressel roll to a thrilling win in the 100 meter freestyle, current Florida senior, Bobby Fink came from behind to win gold in the 800 meters. I’m Dan Wolken, here’s what you missed on Thursday in Tokyo. And I’ll tell you everything you need to look out for on Friday.
Team USA got some bad news as pole vault world champion, Sam Kendricks tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of the Olympics. Sunisa Lee won the all-around competition at the Tokyo games on Thursday becoming the fifth consecutive American to win the event. She beat out competitors from Brazil and Russia to earn the top spot on the podium and extends the American streak of Olympic golds. Meanwhile, American Kayle Browning won the silver medal in women’s trap shooting. And the golf event for men got underway here with Austrian and former University of Georgia golfer, Sepp Straka posting 800 to lead the way.
Let’s move on from Thursday and take a look at what’s ahead for Friday in Tokyo. We will see if the US women’s soccer team can live up to its lofty expectations at this event, when it plays the Netherlands in the quarter final. We’ve got the start of track and field where the women’s 100-meter competition gets going with first round heats. Lilly King returns to the pool for the 200-meter breaststroke. Abbey Weitzeil goes for the gold in the 100-meter freestyle. And the US tries to add more metals in the men’s 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.
As of early Friday morning, US time, China leads with 18 gold medals, followed by host Japan with 15, and Team USA in third with 14, but the US has the most overall medals with 41. You can find up-to-the-minute updates from Tokyo at olympics.usatoday.com.
It’s time for the MLB trade deadline. Teams looking to strengthen their rosters for a World Series push have until 4:00 PM Eastern, 1:00 Pacific to make moves on Friday, but some big trades have already gone down. The San Diego Padres added to an already stacked roster grabbing All-Star second baseman, Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and one of the best pitchers of the generation, eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer from the Washington Nationals. Also out west, but in the American League, the Houston Astros added to their pitching trading with their rivals Seattle Mariners for reliever, Kendall Graveman. The New York Yankees though may have stolen the spotlight moving for first baseman, Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs and outfielder, Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. USA today Sports Bob Nightengale has more on what Gallo brings to the Bronx.
Well, the New York Yankees finally got that left-hand of the slugger they’ve been coveting all year long. Joey Gallo is going to the Yankees. But for the Yankees, this was badly needed. They have only hit 22 home runs from the left-hand hitters this year. Of course, now Gallo does have some flaws. He strikes out a percentage of 32.2% of the time. But, big move by the Yankees. They’re showing that they’re not giving up this year. This is Bob Nightengale from USA Today Sports. And this is what I’m hearing.
As the deadline gets closer, lots of eyes are still on Chicago with Cub stars, Kris Bryant and Craig Kimbrel involved in trade rumors. You can stay up with all the latest throughout the day on the MLB section of USA Today Sports.
Prince’s estate is releasing a new album. The music icon recorded Welcome 2 America in 2010 at his famous Paisley Park studio in Minnesota. The project also involves bassist Tal Wilkenfeld and drummer Chris Coleman for tracks inspired by 1970s jazz soul and funk. But the effort was then mysteriously scrapped right before its release, though Prince did perform it live on tour that year. Even 11 years on, the album’s themes likely, still resonate. Prince grapples with racial injustice and political division. And he examines how the internet and technology hinder human connection. Prince died in 2016 of an accidental fentanyl overdose. He was 57.
Another round of extra tax refund cash is on its way out Friday. The Internal Revenue Service continues to send money to taxpayers in the middle of an abrupt change to the rules on jobless benefits. Paper check refunds will begin arriving after the IRS adjusted their federal income tax returns, though, people getting their refunds by direct deposit, might’ve already gotten their money as early as Wednesday. Overall, about 1.5 million people received an average of $1,686 this week. The IRS is rolling out these special refunds in batches, as it makes adjustments for early filers who paid more than they owed in taxes on their jobless benefits for 2020 during the pandemic. So far, the service has issued 8.7 million pandemic-related refunds, totaling some $10 billion.
Thanks for listening to 5 Things. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, where we ask for a five-star rating and review, if you have a chance. You can also find us wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks as always to Shannon Green and Claire Thornton for their great work on the show. 5 Things is part of the USA Today Network.
Louisiana breaks its all-time COVID case record; CDC says delta as infectious as chickenpox: Latest updates
Elinor Aspegren, Ryan W. Miller and Christal Hayes, USA TODAYFri, July 30, 2021, 4:10 PM·13 min read
Louisiana broke its all-time COVID-19 case record, reporting 26,650 new infections in past seven days, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
The statistic, which surpassed the state’s previous record of 26,291 cases in the week ending Jan. 12, comes amid an ongoing explosion in COVID-19 cases across the nation fueled by the emergence of the delta variant, waning vaccination rates and after most states eliminated COVID-19 restrictions.
The increasingly dangerous threat of the delta threat has caused the states and communities across the country to once again ask residents to wear masks indoors. Some now require proof of vaccination or weekly COVID tests, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adjusted its recommendations this week amid a flurry of new data showing how dangerous delta is, even for vaccinated individuals.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been critical of COVID-19 restrictions, said he would sign an executive order to issue emergency rules for “protecting the rights of parents,” making face masks optional across the state in schools and leaving it up to parents — a move immediately bashed by Democrats as a political stunt that could worsen the state’s COVID woes.
Recently revised CDC guidelines say all people in K-12 schools should wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Rejecting calls from local elected officials and the medical community, DeSantis also will not declare a state of emergency despite the state leading the nation with 20% of all new COVID-19 infections — a spike largely driven by the delta variant.
Last week, Florida recorded 73,199 new COVID-19 infections, the biggest single-week surge in the state since Jan. 27. It was more new cases than California, Illinois, New York and Texas combined.
The Republican governor made the announcement Friday in Cape Coral at an Italian restaurant, where he also presented parents who oppose masks. “We want to be able to choose, and we want to be able to teach our children without our faces covered,” he told a crowd to applause and cheers.
Also in the news:
►Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he will call the state legislature into session likely next week to reverse its ban on face mask mandates in public schools. Arkansas has been one of the hardest hit states in the current wave of COVID-19 cases.
►With the first week of the Olympics set to wrap up Friday, the International Olympic Committee announced 27 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 athletes, bringing the total to at least 220 cases since July 1.
►Biden is asking states and localities to offer unvaccinated residents $100 to get their COVID-19 shots, a plan aimed to boost lagging vaccination rates in many parts of the nation. But already some states have denied the request. Already, some governors are saying they won’t comply, including in Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
►Six passengers sailing on Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas, which departed from Nassau on Saturday, have tested positive for COVID-19, Lyan Sierra-Caro, spokesperson for Royal Caribbean, confirmed to USA TODAY.
►Going on a trip to Florida’s theme parks? Here’s a breakdown of the changing COVID-19 guidelines at parks including, Disney World, Universal Studios and Seaworld, and what you should know before traveling to the state, which has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in large part due to the delta variant. Read more here.
►Hundreds of thousands of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine doses have been saved from the trash after the FDA extended their expiration date to at least six months when properly stored.
►North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday decided to reverse course from guidance he issued last week and will now urge all K-12 public school students and staff to be masked, even if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has had more than 34.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 612,100 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 196.5 million cases and 4.19 million deaths. More than 163.8 million Americans — 49.4% of the population — have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
📘What we’re reading: Some people in Missouri are dressing in disguise and begging doctors to not publicly reveal they’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, a doctor said. Read more.
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CDC: Delta is as infectious as chickenpox
A presentation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made public late Thursday shows that those who are vaccinated are three times less likely to catch COVID-19 and 10-times less likely to die from it than those who are unvaccinated.
Once infected, though, vaccinated people are just as contagious as those without that protection — meaning they need to wear a mask and keep their distance to avoid passing on the virus.
The presentation lays out what is known about the delta variant, which now accounts for the vast majority of COVID-19 cases in the United States, and explains the rationale behind the CDC’s recommendation this week that people in COVID-19 hotspots wear face masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
The delta variant is known to be substantially more contagious than other variants – as contagious though deadlier than chicken pox, according to the CDC presentation. Among common infectious diseases, only measles is more contagious.
People may also be infectious for longer with the delta variant, 18 days instead of 13, the presentation says.
Last summer, before there was a vaccine, there were about 80,000 new COVID-19 cases reported every day and nearly 500 deaths — almost exactly the same count as today although half the population is vaccinated and many others have immunity because they’ve already been infected.
Meanwhile, a report released Friday by the CDC showed that roughly three-quarters of infections from a COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts earlier this month occurred in fully vaccinated individuals, including mostly delta variant cases.
While nearly 80% of vaccinated individuals who had breakthrough cases reported symptoms, only 1.2% were hospitalized and no deaths were reported, the report says.
— Karen Weintraub and Christal Hayes
Disney World, Disneyland mandate vaccinations for employees
Headed to Walt Disney World or Disneyland soon? Pack a mask — you’ll need to wear one at all Disney parks starting Friday.
The company announced that guests ages 2 and older will have to don face coverings for all indoor attractions and on Disney transportation at both parks. Face masks will remain optional outdoors.
The Walt Disney Company – parent company to Disney World and Disneyland – also said Friday that it would require all salaried and non-union hourly U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated. Employees working on-site will have 60 days to get vaccinated, and new hires will need to be fully vaccinated before beginning work.
The company is in talks with unions about requiring employees under collective bargaining agreements to be vaccinated as well.
“At The Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority,” the statement reads. “Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees.”
– Britt Kennerly, Florida Today
Walmart, Sam’s Club, Publix update mask policies
Walmart and Sam’s Club will again require employees to wear masks regardless of vaccination status in COVID hot spots.
The nation’s largest retailer announced Friday that stores and clubs will require masks for employees effective immediately.
“Customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks, but not required,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. Walmart notes the mask requirement for employees is “not applicable in all stores. Managers will refer to the CDC site for updates relevant to their county each Monday.”
Walmart said managers will “post signage at our stores and clubs to remind customers and members about the CDC’s revised guidance and strongly encourage them to wear masks.”
The store is also doubling its vaccine incentive to $150 for employees who get the vaccine, up from $75. Employees who already received the $75 incentive will receive another $75 in their Aug. 19 paycheck.
Publix also announced Friday that it will require all store employees, regardless of vaccination status, “to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix location” starting Aug. 2.
“We encourage all to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Publix said in a statement. “Customers and associates should remain physically distanced from others while inside any Publix store.” Read more.
– Kelly Tyko
Broadway announces updated COVID-19 safety protocols amid re-opening
Broadway is coming back. On Thursday, the Broadway League and Equity, the actors’ union released an agreement outlining the top safety protocols for returning Broadway shows and tours that have extended stays at one theater, known as sit-down engagements.
Requirements include vaccinations for all employees, with the exception of a qualifying disability or “sincerely held religious belief” and children too young to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated people will be required to wear a mask at all times, except when it would interfere with their job and on-stage performance, and they will be subject to COVID-19 testing no less than twice a week.
A COVID-19 safety manager will be on site for each production, and autograph signing, meet-and-greets and backstage tours will be prohibited.
– Ilana Keller and Peter D. Kramer, Asbury Park Press
St. Louis health director said he faced racism, threats over mask mandate
A suburban St. Louis health director said he was called racial slurs and physically assaulted after defending a new mask mandate to combat COVID-19.
St. Louis County Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan said in response, he raised his middle finger at a crowd gathered at a St. Louis County Council meeting, according to a Wednesday letter obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“After being physically assaulted, called racial slurs and surrounded by an angry mob, I expressed my displeasure by using my middle finger toward an individual who had physically threatened me and called me racist slurs,” Khan wrote to the councilwoman who led the meeting.
Researchers studying possible link between COVID-19 and dementia
Researchers are concerned about the possibility that lingering brain symptoms might lead to dementia years or decades later.
In several trials made public Thursday, scientists have found changes in brain biology after hospitalization with COVID-19, problems lingering months after infection, and a link between smell loss and mental sharpness in older adults.
Although long-haul COVID-19 is often described as primarily affecting younger people, the new studies suggest that many over 60 also have brain issues long after their initial infections.
“Is this part of that puzzle of things that may contribute to your (dementia) risk? We don’t know yet, but we need to understand that,” said Heather Snyder, vice president for medical & scientific relations at the Alzheimer’s Association, an advocacy group.
The three new studies, presented at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, being held in Denver, each looked at different aspects of the link between COVID-19 and brain issues. None of the studies has yet been peer reviewed, the standard for scientific research, so their findings are preliminary. Read more here.
— Karen Weintraub
IRS announces tax credit to employers who offer employees PTO to get vaccinated
The IRS announced Thursday they would expand tax credits to employers who give their employees paid time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19, encouraging them to make time for people to get inoculated.
Eligible employers, including businesses and tax-exempt organizations with less than 500 employees, can receive a tax credit equal to the wages paid for providing the time off, but only up to certain limits, according to a release from the agency.
“This new information is a shot in the arm for struggling small employers who are working hard to keep their businesses going while also watching out for the health of their employees,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in the release. “Our work on this issue is part of a larger effort by the IRS to assist the nation recover from the pandemic.”
The decision extends from Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which offers tax credit to small and mid-sized employers that provide paid sick and family leave to employees due to COVID-19. Self-employed individuals also have a similar tax credit as part of the plan.
— Steven Vargas
LA schools announces weekly COVID-19 testing regardless of vaccination status
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the U.S., announced on Thursday that it will require “baseline and ongoing” weekly COVID testing for all students and employees returning for in-person instruction, regardless of their vaccination status. The move, which comes amid rising COVID-19 infection rates in the county and across the country, is a reversal from earlier directives that only unvaccinated individuals would have to undergo regular testing.
The required testing, which begins August 2, is in accordance with recent guidance issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, according to a memo sent out to parents by interim superintendent Megan K. Reilly. Other prevention measures include universal masking, upgraded air filtration systems and vaccination outreach.
“We believe Los Angeles Unified has the highest COVID safety standards of any public school district in the nation,” Reilly said in her memo. Los Angeles Unified is the country’s second largest school district.
Other districts nationwide have been bolstering their safety plans for the fall as the delta variant continues to spread and drive the surge in case numbers. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance recommending universal masking at schools, a u-turn from its earlier suggestion that vaccinated students and employees need not wear masks.
— Alia Wong
Judge won’t reinstate $300 per week federal COVID unemployment benefits in Ohio
An Ohio judge won’t reinstate $300 in additional federal pandemic unemployment payments that Gov. Mike DeWine ended early.
On Thursday, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook rejected an attempt to restore the extra unemployment benefits in Ohio, saying DeWine had the power to cut them off before Labor Day.
“The court is aware of, and sympathetic to, the thousands of Ohioans without work and in desperate need of any assistance available,” Holbrook wrote. “The court simply cannot legislate from the bench and overlook the clear terms of (Ohio law.)”
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits to help struggling Americans. The benefits are set to expire after Labor Day, but several governors cut them off early.
DeWine, a Republican, stopped the additional payments for Ohioans on June 26, citing Ohioans’ need to get back to work. Ohio’s unemployment rate had dropped from 16.4% in April 2020 to 5.2% in June.
Ultimately, Holbrook found that DeWine had the authority to stop the benefits. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, in a statement, said they were pleased with the decision.
— Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer
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