How Covid-19 is Spreading: The Delta Variant
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect our day-to-day lives, it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest information so you can protect yourself and your loved ones. This information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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- Hundreds of thousands of people have died from Covid-19 in the United States.
- Most people have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill.
- Older adults and people with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness.
- Vaccines are safe and effective.
- The US Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for Pfizer’s two-dose Covid-19 vaccine on August 23, 2021.
- Good hand hygiene, wearing masks and social distancing can reduce transmission.
- Delta is currently the predominant strain of the virus in the United States.
- This strain is more than 2x as contagious as previous variants.
- More severe illness than previous strains is possible in unvaccinated persons.
- Unvaccinated people are the biggest concern for transmission.
- Fully vaccinated people with the Delta variant breakthrough transmission can spread the virus to others, but vaccinated people appear to be infectious for a shorter period.
- Vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death, but are not 100% effective.
- Good hand hygiene, wearing masks and social distancing can reduce the transmission of this variant.
For more information on Covid-19 and the Delta variant, please visit: https://www.oneworldomaha.org/oneworld-coronavirus-covid-19-updates/
“OneWorld’s positivity rate for Covid-19 is 10 times greater as of Aug. 23, 2021 than it was for June 28, 2021. We went from 2% to almost 20% of tests being positive. We grew, as in 2020, from testing 160 patients a week to 630 patients a week.” –Sarah Miller, APRN, CPNP-PC, Director of Medical Services & SBHC & TYAHC