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. 

Cindy Gay, MD

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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. 

Read UNC System's mental health email for infographics, ways to find vaccines, and starting points to building resiliency.

Contact: Keyona McNeill

Aug. 18, 2021

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