U.S. health experts have identified an emerging strain of the coronavirus known as the Delta variant. It was first seen in India but has quickly moved across the globe. Experts predict it will soon be the dominant strain in the United States, already accounting for 10% of U.S. coronavirus cases.
The good news is that existing COVID-19 vaccines seem to work well against the variant–drastically reducing the likelihood of hospitalization for vaccinated individuals.
The bad news is that over 50% of the U.S. population has not been fully vaccinated. As a result, these individuals face serious risks, particularly as the Delta variant has shown to be more transmissible and may cause more severe illness.
“I’m worried about those who are unvaccinated.”
– U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
As more states lift COVID-19 restrictions, unvaccinated individuals will have virtually no protection against the Delta variant or other coronavirus strains.
Health experts are concerned that this may lead to another influx of coronavirus cases, inundating health systems worse than they did in 2020.
What’s Next? Another Spike in COVID cases?
For fully vaccinated individuals, continue following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Generally, life can slowly return to pre-pandemic normalcy for these people.
Unvaccinated individuals, or those who’ve only received one dose of vaccine, should strongly consider getting fully vaccinated. Failing to do so can lead to serious health consequences later in the year when cases are expected to increase.
Employers looking to maintain uninterrupted operations this fall may want to encourage vaccinations among their employees.
Don’t Trust Vaccines? How can you best protect your health?
If you’ve heard of severe adverse effects from the COVID-19 vaccine or simply don’t trust vaccines, it may be tempting to skip vaccination. However, even if you do not get vaccinated, there are still many things you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus and other ailments.
Consider A Commercial Air Purifier to protect you from Viruses
Depending on your comfort level with vaccines, you may want to consider a Residential Air Purifier. These devices offer similar benefits but are designed for use in your home or business.
Vaccines will limit the spread of illness and protect others from serious harm, but they can only do so much. In addition to vaccination, there are many other things you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your business.
A commercial air purifier can reduce airborne microbes and viruses by as much as 99.97% (US CDC). A good ventilation system removes airborne particles from the air, but if you’d like to further reduce your exposure to infectious agents, a commercial air purifier may be a good investment.
The best air purifiers on the market
Photocatalytic air purifiers are considered to be the best air purifier for COVID because they sanitize surfaces and eliminate a host of microbes in the air including the coronavirus. The best way to eliminate the threat of rapidly spreading microbes in the workplace and frequently trafficked spaces is through the use of photocatalytic purifiers.
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