Notification of Bid Solicitation

Opportunity to submit proposals for Master Planning Services for Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program at its Bay City and Wharton, Texas sites. This proposal would not include final design, construction documents or construction phase services. PROJECT UNDERSTANDING Your proposal would provide Basic Master Planning Services to Client for this project located in Bay City and… Read More

Monoclonal Antibodies: Treating COVID-19

When given early, monoclonal antibody treatment can significantly reduce the risk of experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms and possible hospitalization. Treatment options are available for those with mild to moderate symptoms. It is best not to postpone treatment and to speak with your health care provider about recommendations for the best treatment option for you, based… Read More

Do You Smoke?

Learn About Your Risk for Lung Cancer By Rebecca Myers, MSN, RN, NPD-BC for MEHOP Facing a lung cancer diagnosis can be frightening. Understanding what to expect may help to decrease the fear associated with this serious disease. Signs of Lung Cancer In the early stages, there are no signs of lung cancer. Most signs… Read More

Delta Variant – What You Need To Know

The COVID-19 Delta variant is on the rise in the United States

If you listen to the news, you have probably heard about COVID-19 variants that are circulating throughout the world. Currently, there are four that are classified as variants of concern in the United States1.

What is a Variant?

As viruses spread, their characteristics have the ability to change. When this occurs, they are called a variant. Changes in a virus can impact how it spreads or how sick people get if they are infected by it. Changes may also allow the virus to spread more easily or become resistant to treatments or vaccines2.

The Delta variant, which was first identified in India, is of particular concern due to its increased ability to spread, potential for increased severity of disease and potential for decreased immunity acquired from previous infection or vaccines1.  

As of July 3, 2021, the estimated proportions of the Delta variant accounted for 51.7% of COVID cases in the United States. This figure is up 20% from only two weeks prior3. It is rapidly becoming the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.

Many of us have grown tired of hearing about COVID-19. The reality is however, that it is still here and is something we should continue to take necessary precautions against. Recent studies of the Delta variant indicate that unvaccinated children and people under the age of 50 were more likely to become infected than with previous variants4. While hospitalization rates among adolescents remain lower than adults, a recent study found an increase in hospitalization rates in ages 12-175.

The best way to protect yourself from any variant of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. While there is a potential for decreased immunity with the Delta variant, vaccines remain highly effective at preventing sever disease, hospitalization and death4.

Since COVID-19 vaccines were made available, rates of infection have decreased along with hospitalizations and deaths. The highest rates of incidences are among those who remain unvaccinated. 

References:

  1. CDC: SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classifications and Definitions, Updated July 6, 2021
  2. CDC: About Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19​​, Updated June 28, 2021
  3. CDC: COVID Data Tracker Variant Proportions
  4. Yale Medicine: 5 Things To Know About the Delta Variant
  5. CDC: Trending: Teens, Interpretive Summary for June 4, 2021

Good News for COVID-19 Survivors

NEW STUDIES SUGGEST THAT COVID-19 SURVIVORS HAVE LONG-TERM IMMUNITY Rebecca Myers, MSN, RN for MEHOP Two new studies are out that suggest that people who survived COVID-19 have long-term immunity from the virus3,4. If you are a COVID-19 survivor and received the vaccination, your immunity is boosted up to “50 times greater than before the… Read More