Like other viruses, Covid-19 has undergone many mutations since its appearance on the world stage. These mutations have caused ‘variants’ that differentiate a given strain from the rest. The new Covid-19 variant appeared in Dallas in February, so what does this mean for you and how can you combat it?
What is the new Covid-19 variant in Dallas?
There are many SARS-CoV-2 variants, some of which are considered ‘Variants of Concern’ (V.O.C’s). A VOC is a variant that behaves differently and can impact the general population in significant ways, such as by being more contagious, causing different symptoms, or having a higher mortality rate.
A new variant of Covid-19 known as B.1.1.7 appeared in the UK in September 2020. The variant arrived in the US in December 2020, and Texas in February 2021. Since then, it has quickly become the most prevalent version of the virus in the US.
B.1.1.7 is estimated to be 40 – 70% more contagious than other variants, although it isn’t yet known why this is. This variant doesn’t appear to cause different symptoms from others; however, it appears to be deadlier.
The CDC, among other health organizations, has been monitoring the spread of VOCs such as B.1.1.7. You can see the current prevalence of VOCs with the CDC’s Covid data tracker.
What can you do to protect against this variant?
The best way you can protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated. Current vaccines are reported to offer protection against the new variants. In addition to that, vaccines are continually updated to keep up with ongoing virus mutations.
If you’ve been vaccinated, that doesn’t mean that you should throw all caution to the wind. It’s important to keep up with the CDC’s latest guidance for fully vaccinated people.
At the time of this writing, fully vaccinated individuals can…
- Gather with others who are fully vaccinated without wearing masks or staying socially distant
- Gather with those who are not fully vaccinated, but wear a mask and stay socially distant
- Participate in outdoor activities or events without a mask, unless a venue explicitly requires otherwise
- Travel without getting tested before or after your return
In addition to these, you can do your part to combat the new Covid-19 strain in Dallas by getting tested if you show symptoms, even if you’ve been vaccinated.
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Safe In-Home Testing With Drip Hydration
If you need to get tested and want to avoid potentially exposing others to the virus at a clinic or community testing center, you can get tested at home with Drip Hydration. One of our nurses will come to your home to administer the test on your time and schedule. Depending on the test you choose, you can receive results in as little as 15 minutes of your appointment for your peace of mind.
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