What you need to know about the COVID-19 Delta variant
Viruses – all of them – change. We witness it annually with colds and the flu. Now, the world is seeing it with COVID-19.
Each time the COVID-19 virus infects someone, it can change its genetic material. Usually, this change does not affect us, but sometimes the virus grows stronger and more infectious. More cases of COVID-19 mean an increased likelihood of variants.
Enter the Delta variant.
- The COVID-19 Delta variant changed its genetic material, making it different from earlier strains in the pandemic. It made itself more infectious and is responsible for most cases COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
- Delta is driving cases and hospitalizations. Ninety-seven percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations are those who are unvaccinated, and there is a rise in hospitalizations in young and middle-aged groups.
- Those who are vaccinated and infected by Delta experienced mild symptoms. The best way to protect yourself against any COVID-19 variant is to get vaccinated.
The shots are free for everyone and Gundersen has enough vaccines to protect everyone. Wearing a mask in public spaces and social distancing are also great ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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