Things you Should Know About the Delta Variant

The Delta variant is a serious concern for many communities. There are still a lot of things we don’t know about the variant or COVID in general. AFC Urgent Care Short Hills is here to provide you with the information you need to stay safe as we move into flu season. We provide COVID-19 testing to all patients who need it, and we can provide health resources to help aid symptoms. Visit our center today.

Delta is more contagious than other strains

Scientists have found that the Delta variant is more contagious than any other strain. In fact, it is nearly 2x more contagious. The Delta variant has made up almost 80% of all COVID cases this summer.

Symptoms are very similar

So far, symptoms have been very similar to other strains of COVID, with most cases often experiencing more severe symptoms. Signs of Delta will include cough, fever, headache, a loss of smell, and other symptoms similar to the common cold. Those who are unvaccinated are experiencing symptoms the most. Those who are vaccinated, however, have very mild symptoms.

Unvaccinated people are the highest risk

As mentioned previously, those who are unvaccinated are experiencing symptomatic cases that are more severe than vaccinated people. 97% of patients hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated, and areas with lower vaccinated levels have a higher number of cases. The COVID vaccine is the best way to prevent yourself from getting sick while also preventing severe symptoms if you do get sick.

Not all vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness. That being said, it is our best chance at slowing the spread and keeping hospitalizations low.

Breakthrough cases are possible

If vaccinated people end up getting COVID, their chance of severe symptoms and hospitalization is very low. Often, they do not have symptoms at all, and their likelihood of spreading COVID to others is low. If you are vaccinated, and you begin to experience symptoms, be sure to stay home and avoid close contact with others. Get tested to ensure peace of mind.

It’s estimated that 10% of vaccinated people will test positive for COVID, with the vaccines being 90% effective. So far, the CDC has estimated that 0.005% of vaccinated people have experienced breakthrough cases.

Masks are still helpful, even if you’re vaccinated

Experts are recommending masks again to those who are vaccinated in indoor places. Since breakthrough cases are possible and much of the population is not completely vaccinated, masks can still help stop the spread. Those who are more vulnerable to severe symptoms, such as the elderly or those with medical conditions, should also plan on wearing masks.

As children begin to go back to school, and there is not yet an approved vaccine for 12 and under, they should plan on wearing masks in school. The FDA has now approved Pfizer, but there are still many steps that need to happen before it’s approved for those under 12.