Three Guidelines To Understanding The Delta Variant : Short Wave Delta is quickly becoming the dominant coronavirus variant in multiple countries. The variant has spread so fast because it is more contagious than the variants that came before it. At the same time, the U.S. is equipped with highly effective vaccines. Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic, talks with Maddie about the interaction between the variants and the vaccines and how that will be crucial in the months ahead.

Reach the show by emailing shortwave@npr.org.

Three Guidelines To Understanding The Delta Variant

Three Guidelines To Understanding The Delta Variant

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Delta is quickly becoming the dominant coronavirus variant in multiple countries. The variant has spread so fast because it is more contagious than the variants that came before it. At the same time, the U.S. is equipped with highly effective vaccines. Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic, talks with Maddie about the interaction between the variants and the vaccines and how that will be crucial in the months ahead.

Read Ed's piece in The Atlantic, The Three Simple Rules That Underscore The Danger Of Delta.

Reach the show by emailing shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Indi Khera. Neil Tevault was the audio engineer.