Freeman Health System Issues Health Advisory Regarding Delta Variant

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) released a health advisory detailing information about the Delta variant, which causes COVID-19. New variants emerge when a virus develops one or more mutations that differentiate it from the predominant strain. You can read the full release here.

Important Highlights:

  • The highly transmissible Delta variant emphasizes the importance of continued COVID-19 testing for patients with symptoms or who have been exposed.
  • As of mid-June 2021, Delta variant accounts for 20% of new cases in the US, with the highest concentration in Southwest Missouri, comprising 67% of all Delta variants identified.
  • Delta variant has a 64% increased risk of household transmission, is 40% more transmissible outdoors, and carries approximately double the risk of hospitalization.
  • Top Delta variant symptoms include headache, runny nose and sore throat. Fever and cough are less common. Loss of smell is not in the top ten symptoms.
  • Since symptoms are similar to other illnesses, infected persons may not recognize them as COVID-19-related and not seek health care or testing.

Vaccination is the most effective and long-lasting tool for protection. Register for a COVID-19 vaccine with Freeman Health System here.

To schedule an employer-authorized COVID-19 test with Freeman, click here.


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