The Delta variant is spreading through communities quickly. It’s on the top of everyone’s minds, and there are certain things people should know. It’s important to stay safe and help stop the spread to keep yourself and others safe. AFC Urgent Care North Andover provides COVID testing for patients. Our providers can also recommend the best treatment to help alleviate symptoms.
The Delta Variant is Extremely Contagious
The Delta variant is responsible for at least 80% of cases as of December 2020. It is spreading faster than the original strain or other variants. Preliminary reports have found that even those who are vaccinated are at risk of getting and transmitting the variant. This is more likely to happen for those experiencing symptoms, and it is unclear whether asymptomatic cases can spread it.
It’s estimated that a person with the Delta variant will transmit it to 3.5 to 4 additional people in an environment with unvaccinated people without masks. The original strain would transmit to 2.5 other people.
Unvaccinated People are at the Highest Risk
In some states where vaccination levels are low, the number of cases is increasing. It has been found that those under 50 are 2.5 times more likely to get COVID if they’re unvaccinated, as well. The Delta variant has been found to impact smaller children since there is no approved vaccine for them at this time.
Getting Vaccinated is the Most Effective Prevention
The vaccine is the most effective method for preventing further cases at this time. While the approved vaccines are not 100% effective, they can decrease the severity of symptoms. This will also lower the number of hospitalizations and deaths. While it is still unclear, trends have found that asymptomatic people who are vaccinated are less likely to spread the virus to other vaccinated people.
If you aren’t able to get vaccinated because of health reasons or other logistics, wearing a mask can help stop the spread. The CDC has recommended wearing masks indoors when around large groups of people again. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
Hotspots are Possible
Hyperlocal outbreaks are considered when larger areas with higher vaccination rates surround smaller neighborhoods with a 20% vaccination rate. This allows the virus to jump around to lower vaccinated areas. Roughly 57% of the U.S. population is vaccinated at this time, and cases can stay low as long as the vaccination rate remains above the positive case rate.