By Kaiser Permanente
You’ve probably heard by now about the Delta variant, a highly contagious strain of COVID-19. In just a few months, it has quickly become the dominant variant in the United States — and it’s causing a national rise in new infections and hospitalizations.
Here are 7 things you need to know about the Delta variant and staying protected.
1 Unvaccinated people are at higher risk of getting COVID-19 now than they were before Delta appeared.
2 The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others against the Delta variant. Even in the rare case that you do get infected, the vaccine will likely prevent you from becoming seriously ill. Everyone 12 years and older should be vaccinated.
3 More young people are getting sick with Delta compared with earlier variants.1
4 Delta variant symptoms are the same as other versions of COVID-19. However, Delta may be causing people to get sicker faster, including younger people.
5 A small number of fully vaccinated people have become infected with the Delta variant. Their symptoms tend to be mild, but it’s still possible to spread the virus to others.2
6 Fully vaccinated people don’t need a vaccine booster at this time — as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).3
7 Wear your mask where appropriate, this may be different for your state. Washing your hands, staying physically distanced, and avoiding large indoor gatherings will also help lower your risk of catching or spreading the Delta variant.