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Delta Variant

Last updated: July 15, 2021

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What is the Delta variant?

The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, was first identified in India last fall.  Since then, the variant has been reported in many countries and in every state in the U.S.

Should we be concerned?

Yes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified the Delta variant as a “variant of concern”. This means that it has been shown that this variant

  • spreads more easily than other strains of COVID-19.
  • causes increased hospitalizations and deaths.

What can I do to prevent getting the Delta variant?

  • The number one thing you can do to prevent getting severe illness from the Delta variant is get vaccinated!
  • Vaccine Clinics:
    • Although the vaccine will not 100% protect you from getting the virus, it will likely prevent you from having severe symptoms.
    • Getting vaccinated helps protect those who are not able to be vaccinated (under age 12) from contracting the virus.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should:
    • Wear a mask.
    • Maintain six feet social distance.
    • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily.
    • Monitor their health daily for COVID-19 symptoms.

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