COVID-19 is still spreading in the United States. And like many viruses, it’s mutating as it spreads. You’ve probably heard a lot about the Delta variant of COVID-19 lately. This newer strain of COVID is now the most common form of the disease in the USA. With Delta spreading rapidly, it’s important to make sure that you have the right information- both about the virus, and about how the vaccine works against this new strain. Read on for more information.
What is the Delta Variant?
Viruses change as they evolve. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is a great example of this. While this form of COVID-19 presents with the same symptoms as earlier strains, it is more contagious. There is also evidence that the Delta variant causes more severe cases. These factors are why the variant is getting so much attention. In short, it’s a more dangerous form of the disease.
Is There a Vaccine Variant?
You already know the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. But is there a vaccine variant? Will the regular vaccine protect against the new strain? Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines that we currently have are effective against Delta. They not only help to stop the spread of disease, but can also reduce your symptoms if you get sick.
Staying Healthy With the COVID Vaccine
Of course, it’s important to remember that the COVID-19 vaccine is not 100% effective. (In fact, no vaccines are 100% effective.) However, the vaccine is still highly effective and necessary for our public health. Plus, vaccinated people can still spread COVID if they get infected- whether or not they themselves have any symptoms. Even if you’re vaccinated, remember to practice social distancing and wear your mask. It’s the best way to keep your community healthy.
Where to Find More Information
We know that vaccines are still a hot-button topic for some. While it’s important to do your own research, it’s also important to make sure that research is coming from a reliable source. Visit the CDC or WHO websites for more information. If you still have questions, then ask your doctor to learn more.
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