Delta was no more deadly, although more contagious.
It’s important to mark findings like this so we can develop perspective over time:
The highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 does not appear to cause more severe disease among fully vaccinated or unvaccinated hospitalized patients, compared to earlier forms of the virus, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC study, released on Oct. 22, analyzed some 7,600 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, in the months of July and August, when the Delta variant became predominant in the United States. Researchers found that compared to earlier months, there was no significant change in hospitalized COVID-19 patients’ outcomes.
Of course, if more people catch a strain, then more people are available for a bad outcome, but when Delta hit, I heard of school nurses warning people that it was more deadly specifically for children. We need to be clear eyed in a tough situation like this.