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Premise Health Chief Medical Officer Shares Expertise on COVID-19 and Delta Variant

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The United States is well over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and those in the medical field have learned a tremendous amount about the virus and how to prevent it. Now that several new variants of the virus have emerged, Americans are once again faced with rapidly changing information regarding symptoms, guidelines, and vaccines.

Currently, most doctors are still seeing the same common symptoms they were a year ago, regardless of the strain of virus. Those symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, a fever over 100 degrees, and loss of taste and smell. However, symptoms related to the delta variant seem to present more like common cold symptoms, such as a sore throat and nasal congestion, and appear to be felt more intensely.

“We have seen that hospitalization rates are seemingly increased in younger populations with the delta variant,” said Jonathan Leizman, M.D., the chief medical officer for direct healthcare provider Premise Health.

While fully vaccinated people are still at risk to contract any variant of COVID-19, it is important to note the vast majority of new cases and hospitalizations have occurred in those that are unvaccinated.

To learn more about the delta variant and how vaccines can protect you, read the full Huffington Post article here.