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Is there a delta variant test?

The delta variant continues to swirl. Is there a test to detect it?

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Eric Kwiatkowski, with the Utah National Guard, processes COVID-19 tests at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City.

Eric Kwiatkowski, with the Utah National Guard’s Forward Support Company in St. George, and Pfc. Jacob Osborne, with the guard’s 19th Special Forces at Camp Williams in Bluffdale, process COVID-19 tests at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The delta variant of the coronavirus continues to rage throughout the country, infecting thousands every day with high transmissibility.

On Friday, there were more than 100,000 daily cases of COVID-19 across the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Is there a COVID-19 test for the delta variant?

Not really. COVID-19 tests don’t always detect the delta variant because the delta variant “carries distinctive biological markers that some among the dozens of commercially available COVID tests from academic institutes and medical giants may not be able to sense,” according to Fortune.

The PCR test can take longer than a rapid test, which often takes 30 minutes to complete. PCR tests take a few days so experts can assess the biological details, according to the Deseret News.

  • “Those faster diagnostics may be able to sense whether or not you’re generally infected with COVID, but not necessarily whether it’s the delta strain specifically that’s afflicting you,” according to Fortune.

Right now, the U.K. seems to be building technology to help tests more easily discover the delta variant.

Is the delta variant more dangerous?

Health experts recently told Reuters that the delta variant is pushing health care systems to their limits as hospitalizations continue to increase. The variant spreads faster than the original mutation, which has led to more infections.

  • “This is like a wildfire, this is not a smoldering campfire. It is full-on flames right now,” said Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control at Colorado’s UCHealth, according to Reuters.