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COVID-19 Delta Variant: What You Should Know

Posted Date: July 7, 2021

While cases and deaths from COVID-19 have dropped dramatically over the past few months, things aren’t over yet. Just like most viruses, COVID-19 has begun to mutate into different strains and variants and continues to be a major cause for concern. The latest development is the Delta variant, a highly contagious, potentially more severe version of the initial COVID-19, which was first identified in December. Since December, it has rapidly spread through other countries, making its first known appearance in the US in March of 2021.

Since June, the Delta variant of COVID-19 has made up over 20% of reported US cases and looks to be spreading 50% faster than the initial Alpha variant. To put it in perspective, with the initial strain of COVID-19, for every one person who contracted the virus, they spread it to an additional 2.5 people. Likewise, for every person that contracts the Delta variant, they will likely infect 3.5 people, if those in their range of contact are unvaccinated and don’t wear masks. This means that in areas with fewer vaccinated citizens, the virus can be passed around even more quickly than before, with heavier amounts of the population getting sick and potentially overwhelming healthcare resources. With that in mind, the Delta variant does seem to be responsive to the current vaccinations that are being distributed, which means that those who get vaccinated stand a much better chance of not contracting it or passing it to others. Those who aren’t currently vaccinated should get consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible to avoid getting sick. You can find vaccination locations near you at https://www.gulfportmemorial.com/coronavirus . Currently, only 31% of Mississippians are fully vaccinated, behind the national average of 46%, and Mississippi has seen a 15% rise in total COVID-19 cases over the last month.

There is still much to be learned about COVID-19 and the Delta variant, and as we learn more, we will continue to educate our community. For questions or information about local testing and vaccinations, visit https://www.gulfportmemorial.com/coronavirus or call us at (228) 867-5000.
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