Staying Safe as Delta Surges
1. Get vaccinated
To protect yourself and your loved ones from severe illness that can result from contracting the Delta variant, make sure to get vaccinated. Data from various healthcare organizations around the world have shown that those who are vaccinated are 25 times less likely to get hospitalized. Although there are higher numbers of breakthrough infections with the Delta variant among the fully vaccinated, at the end of the day the symptoms are not so severe. With vaccinations ramping up around the world, now is the best time to protect yourself.
2. Meet your doctors virtually
Telemedicine and virtual health have boomed ever since the start of the pandemic. To limit your exposure to the virus and indoor spaces with others who are sick, you can safely see a doctor from home via an audio or video call, especially for common conditions. This is a huge benefit to both patients and doctors, decreasing costs and bringing convenience to both ends. Doctors can use our DrCare247 telemedicine platform for their virtual practices, with seamless teleconsultations!
3. Mask indoors
Even though many countries have lifted mask mandates, research has shown that the Delta variant is extremely contagious, even more so than conditions such as chickenpox and the common cold. This makes it imperative to actively mask and distance as much as possible in indoor spaces, where the virus thrives. Settings such as indoor dining, big weddings, and concerts are becoming more popular this summer, but have unfortunately led to many outbreaks. As Delta surges around the world, leading to waves of infections in many countries, it is becoming the dominant strain. This is a point of great concern because of its high transmissibility, which makes it important to not let one’s guard down yet.
It may be tiring to keep using hand sanitizers and cleaning surfaces after more than a year. But this pandemic isn’t seeming to end, and the variants are beginning to become stronger. Hand washing and sanitizing are very important and avoiding touching one’s face as well. The virus can exist on surfaces anywhere from hours to days, so it is best to stay vigilant and continue to sanitize as needed. In the current situation, it is best to be safe than sorry, so even though it may seem like a bit much to sanitize, it will only be beneficial in the end since there are still some unknowns about the virus.
5. Have these biometric devices at home
Home-monitoring is very important these days as hospitals are getting filled with patients and breaching capacity. If you test positive for COVID but your symptoms are not so severe, it is very important to monitor your key vitals and only go to the hospital when they reach a concerning level. Key devices to be sure to have are a thermometer and a pulse oximeter, along with a blood pressure machine as well. The oximeter is the most important because it will tell you if you need to get emergency care and oxygen. The thermometer will help track your fever if you develop one. At DrCare247 we offer a remote patient monitoring feature for doctors to track their patients’ vitals and receive alerts accordingly.