What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Delta Variant

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Delta Variant

COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are, unfortunately, on the rise again.
The much-more contagious delta variant of COVID-19 is estimated to be about 60% more contagious than the alpha variant which was twice as contagious as the original novel coronavirus.
Additionally, studies have shown that antibodies in the vaccinated are about four times less effective at combating the delta variant, making breakthrough infections more likely.

How Concerned Should Fully Vaccinated People Be About the Delta Variant?

According to information from Mayo Clinic, however, breakthrough cases should not all be lumped together because they’re not all the same.
They separate them into three categories:
Despite breakthrough cases, vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19, serious illness, and hospitalization.

Do Vaccinated People Need to Wear a Mask and Social Distance?

Continuing to wear a mask and social distance will still protect you from contracting a breakthrough case of COVID-19. Additionally, it will help prevent you from unknowingly spreading an asymptomatic infection that you could potentially have to anyone near you who is vaccinated or unvaccinated.
So, although you are at a lower risk of developing a serious illness, wearing a mask and social distancing continues to protect those around you.

Ask a Doctor About COVID, Get Vaccinated, or Schedule a COVID Test

To learn more about the COVID-19 delta variant, to get a vaccine, or to find out how to get tested for COVID-19 if you’ve been having symptoms, we encourage you to contact the Gulf Coast Health Center location nearest you today.