UNC System: Don't let your guard down with COVID-19 delta variant
As much as we’d all like to be “out of the woods” and over the pandemic, we’re not there yet. The delta variant of COVID-19 is rapidly spreading, bringing new concerns, especially for those who are unvaccinated. See how COVID-19 cases have increased across North Carolina.
UNC School of Medicine infectious diseases experts Drs. Cindy Gay an David Whol answer questions about the COVID-19 delta variant and vaccine efficacy and safety. (6:36)
3 things you should know about the delta variant
- It’s more contagious than the other virus strains.The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the Delta variant “the fastest and fittest” version of the virus.
- If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’re at a higher risk. More than 97 percent of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. This makes getting vaccinated an important consideration for everyone that is eligible for the vaccine (currently ages 12 and up are eligible).
- Even vaccinated people can be infected. The good news is that, thus far, those who are vaccinated are having less severe symptoms and a lower chance of hospitalization.
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Contact: Keyona McNeill
Aug. 18, 2021