COVID-19 Delta Variant

At this time, all people entering any Chase Brexton Health Care center must be screened and must wear a mask, per CDC guidelines. We expect all visitors and patients to be mindful and maintain social distance to protect themselves and each other.

COVID-19 has resurged nationwide because of the Delta variant of the virus.

The Delta variant is a mutation of the original virus that causes COVID-19. Viruses do mutate all the time. This mutation has made it much more contagious.

The Delta variant is much more contagious than SARS, Ebola, seasonal flu, the common cold, and small pox.  The original virus that causes COVID-19 is about as contagious as the common cold. The Delta variant is as contagious as chicken pox.

What does that mean?

 

Common Cold

1 person with a cold = About 2 or 3 people catching it from them.

Chicken Pox

1 person with chicken pox = About 8 or 9 people catching it from them.

Right now, the Delta variant causes most COVID-19 cases in the United States.

Vaccinated people:

  • have a risk of catching the Delta variant, but it is a low risk.
  • generally have a mild case of COVID-19 if they do catch it.
  • if they catch it, they can spread the Delta variant just like unvaccinated people.

Unvaccinated people:

  • account for 97% of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
  • are at a higher risk for serious illness.

The CDC and Chase Brexton recommend -

Vaccinated people:

Wear a mask indoors – especially in areas of substantial to high transmission rates.

  1. You may want to mask regardless of the level of transmission, especially if:
    •  someone in your household is unvaccinated
    • you or someone in your household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, which includes: 
      • older adults
      • those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions
  2. Avoid crowds
  3. Wash your hands
  4. Avoid unnecessary touching – handshakes, hugs, etc.
  5. Gather with friends outdoors instead of inside

Unvaccinated people:

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Wear a mask indoors and outdoors
  3. Practice social hygiene measures: handwashing, social distancing, avoid traveling
  4. Avoid crowds