How concerned should
people be about the Delta variant?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), the Delta variant is now responsible for 93% of new
COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
This data should make us concerned and cautious. The Delta
variant appears to be more infectious, and easier to transmit
than the previous variants that we’ve seen.
And after a period of declining COVID-19 cases and
hospitalizations earlier in the summer, we are starting to see a
rise in cases in Ohio and across the country. The
vast majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths occur in
The contagious nature of this new variant reinforces what we’ve
been saying all along – the best way to
protect yourself from COVID-19 continues to be through
What do we know about breakthrough COVID-19 cases?
While the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, no vaccines
are 100% effective. We have seen breakthrough infections and
hospitalizations of individuals who are fully vaccinated in
Ohio, and across the country.
Out of 160 million Americans who were fully vaccinated by
mid-July, there have been
less than 7,000 of those cases.
It’s important to remember that most of the breakthrough cases
we are seeing are mild. Those that have been hospitalized are
generally patients who are older or who have compromised immune
Will masks protect against
the Delta variant?
Right now, we are seeing substantial spread of COVID-19 in
several Northeast Ohio counties including, Cuyahoga and Lorain
The CDC is now recommending that in order to maximize protection
from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to
others, those who are fully vaccinated should wear
a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of
substantial or high transmission.
Those who are not yet vaccinated should continue to mask as
Masks are an important way to protect yourself and your family
from COVID-19. But in order for a mask to be effective, it must
be worn correctly. It needs to fit snug around your face with
no gaps, have multiple layers and it needs to cover both your
mouth and nose.
As the new school year approaches, what advice do you have
We know that children have generally had milder cases of
COVID-19, but we have seen some develop serious symptoms, and
even struggle with long-term COVID-19 symptoms. Getting
vaccinated is the most important thing parents can do to protect
their children from COVID-19.
Currently, children age 12 and older can receive a Pfizer
COVID-19 vaccine, and individuals 18 and older can get the
Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
All three vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the
FDA and have been determined to be safe and effective.
Although a COVID-19 vaccine is not approved for children under
age 12 at this time, we still encourage parents to stay
up to date on their child’s routine immunizations. Missing
these routine vaccinations can be harmful for children and leave
them exposed to numerous other illnesses that carry more risks
for them than COVID-19, including flu, measles and pertussis
Where can people go to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Cleveland Clinic has
COVID-19 vaccines available
at almost all of its primary care locations. Additionally, the
Langston Hughes Health &
2390 E. 79th St. in the Fairfax neighborhood
Main Campus, 9500 Euclid Ave. in Midtown Cleveland,
still offers walk-in
vaccinations at specified times, and vaccinations can also be
Hospitals, and at the Cleveland Clinic Business Operations
Center, 6801 Brecksville Road