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What to Know About the Delta Variant

If you have questions about the Delta variant of the coronavirus, you’re not alone. We’re in the middle of a surge of coronavirus cases in the United States, and most cases right now are the Delta variant. Here's what you need to know.

How is the Delta variant different from earlier forms of the coronavirus?

The main difference is that it’s more contagious, meaning it spreads from person to person more easily. According to the CDC, the Delta variant may be about as contagious as chickenpox. That’s why we’re seeing so many more cases of coronavirus this summer.  

How can I stay safe from the Delta variant?

The best way to protect yourself and others is to get the coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine is safe and it works well against the coronavirus, including the Delta variant. 

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You can also help to stay safe and slow the spread by wearing a mask in indoor public places and avoiding events with a lot of people. It’s especially important to take these steps if there are a lot of coronavirus cases in your area, or if you or anyone close to you isn’t vaccinated yet.

If I'm fully vaccinated, can I still get the Delta variant?

It’s unlikely, but it can happen. The vaccine makes it much less likely that you’ll get or spread coronavirus, including the Delta variant — but some vaccinated people have gotten sick. 

The important thing is that the vaccine works very well to protect against more serious illness. If you've had the vaccine and you do get coronavirus, you're much less likely to need to go to the hospital — and much less likely to die. 

What do I do if I think I might have the coronavirus?

If you feel sick, or if you recently spent time with someone who later found out they have the virus, contact your primary care provider (PCP)

Can’t get in touch with your PCP? Devoted Health members who are worried they may have coronavirus — or who have questions about the vaccine — can also text COVID to 86685 or call us at 1-800-338-6833 (TTY 711). We’re here to help you get the care you need. 

Call 911 or go to the emergency room right away if you’re having a medical emergency or if you have:

  • Trouble breathing — or if your lips or face look blue
  • Severe chest pain
  • Sudden confusion

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention