While many believed that once the vaccines began to roll out and the weather was turning better COVID-19 would be a thing of the past, unfortunately the Delta variant proved that a new wave was just beginning. According to the CDC, a significant increase in new cases reversed what had been a steady decline due to the Delta variant in early to mid 2021. While you have likely heard about the Delta variant, not many people know the difference between this variant and the original strain of SARS-CoV-2.
The Delta variant reminded everyone that it’s incredibly important to remain tedious in cleaning habits to help avoid further spread of germs and keep yourself and others around you safe. Even though the research surrounding the coronavirus is ever evolving, we’ve pulled together a few key things we do know about the Delta variant including key differences between this variant and the initial strain.
The Delta variant is more infectious
New data emerged early in 2021 that proved the Delta variant to be more infectious and leading to increased transmissibility compared to other variants. This data also proved that to be the case with some vaccinated people as well. In fact, the CDC states that the Delta variant is more than two times as contagious as any previous variants and might cause more severe illness than in previous variants in unvaccinated people. This might be due to the belief that it is spread more easily because those who are infected tend to sneeze more often and thus spread the germs further.
The risk is higher for those without a vaccine
According to UNICEF, vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness and death, including against the Delta variant. While no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing infection and disease, the approved COVID-19 vaccinations are proven to protect individuals from having severe reactions and in many cases from transmitting the virus altogether. Even though fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others, the CDC claims that vaccinated people appear to spread the virus for a shorter time.
Precautions remain the same
While the Delta variant is clearly more transmissible than the original strain of COVID-19, the precautions recommended by the CDC are the same. These include wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance from others, avoiding overly crowded spaces, and avoiding spending time with people who are sick or do not feel good. It is also important to continue to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and keep your home and frequented spaces as clean as possible.
What to do if someone at home has the Delta variant
While diligent cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces can be helpful in preventing the spread of common cold-like symptoms that are present in COVID-19, there are some cases where you may need to bring in outside help. If you or someone you live with is affected by the Delta variant, you’ll want to work with a professional cleaning company once everyone is recovered to ensure the space is decontaminated.
Biohazard cleanup companies like Xtreme Cleaners are experts in cleaning contaminated spaces. They will also advise how long the space should remain vacant after cleaning until it’s safe and help you feel confident and comfortable at home. It’s important to have a professional company deeply clean the areas that may be dangerous due to infections and other hazards. If you or someone you know needs professional biohazard cleaning services in Louisiana, call us at (800) 524-9591 today.