9 things you need to know about the COVID-19 delta variant

ORLANDO, Fla. — A more contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus is outpacing the original virus in much of the world.

The delta variant — so named by the World Health Organization which has chosen to name coronavirus variants after Greek letters — has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.

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Here are 9 things you should know about the variant:

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.