New Data Show Ongoing Need for Prevention 

New Data Show Ongoing Need for Prevention 

Data published last week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlight how new COVID-19 variants are spreading. These data show the ongoing need for proven prevention strategies to limit the impact of these variants. To slow the spread, everyone should

  • Wear a well-fitting mask.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live with them.
  • Avoid crowds, gatherings, and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Postpone travel.
  • Wash their hands often.
  • Get a vaccine when it’s available to them.

Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19

  • Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are circulating globally. These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on healthcare resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths. So far, studies suggest that antibodies generated through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize these variants. This is being closely investigated and more studies are underway. Prevention strategies like vaccination, social distancing, use of masks, hand hygiene, and isolation and quarantine are essential to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. 

 

Questions?

Contact:

Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
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