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Should you be concerned with the lambda or delta variants?

Which COVID-19 variant should you be worried about right now?

A COVID-19 test is given in Salt Lake City. It’s unclear if the test was for the delta, lambda or alpha variant.
Diego Peralta gets a COVID-19 test at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Monday June 28, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News

The lambda variant of the coronavirus is back in the news after a Houston hospital said it has found its first case of the lambda variant.

Now, experts are looking to see if the lambda variant will lead to widespread cases as the delta variant continues to spread.

What is the lambda variant?

Delta vs. lambda — which should you worry about?

It’s a fair question. Which of the new COVID-19 variants do you need to be concerned about right now?

S. Wesley Long, medical director of diagnostic microbiology at Houston Methodist Hospital, told The Washington Post that the delta variant is still more concerning for now compared to the lambda variant.

  • “It is not anywhere near as concerning as the delta variant,” Long told The Washington Post. “That’s the engine that’s going to be driving the surge in the U.S.”

However, scientists are still looking into the lambda variant, which has been known to spread quickly like other variants, according to The Washington Post.

  • In early July, Dr. Jairo Mendez-Rico, a World Health Organization virologist, told German news outlet Deutsche Welle that there is not enough data about the lambda variant to be worried right now.
  • “So far we have seen no indication that the lambda variant is more aggressive,” Mendez-Rico told the Deutsche Welle. ”It is possible that it may exhibit higher infection rates, but we don’t yet have enough reliable data to compare it to gamma or delta.”