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What to know about the COVID-19 delta variant

A nurse draws a syringe full of the

A nurse draws a syringe full of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Springfield, Mo., last month. Credit: AP / Springfield News-Leader / Nathan Papes

The coronavirus' delta variant, as the more infectious mutation is known, has spread across the world and into every state in America, where in some places it's believed to make up as much as 80% of new cases. Here are some questions and answers about the variant.

What makes the delta variant potentially worse than others?

Why do we keep hearing about new coronavirus variants?

Where was the delta variant first detected?

How prevalent is the variant locally?

What are some of the other variants during the pandemic?

I have been fully vaccinated. Will that work against the delta variant?

Are symptoms different than with other variants?