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Feeling Sick? Yes, It Could Be COVID-19 -- Even if You’re Vaccinated! Here’s Why You Need to Get COVID Tested!

COVID hospitalizations are once again rising! The highly contagious variant of the coronavirus that was first identified in India is now responsible for about 58% of all COVID-19 cases in the US. Updated data from the CDC shows that the Delta Variant is responsible for 57.6% of all new COVID-19 cases nationwide from June 20 through July 3.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike are increasingly testing positive for COVID-19. So, what precautions can you now take to avoid getting sick?

  1.  Know the symptoms: There are new symptoms associated with the Delta Variant that you need to be aware of. These symptoms include diarrhea, blocked/runny nose, aching muscles, long-lasting headache, vomiting, sore throat, and feeling tired and unwell.
  2. Wear masks in public: Both unvaccinated and vaccinated people should wear masks in crowded, unventilated public areas. New Yorkers must continue to wear masks on public transportation, at large sporting arenas, and in hospitals and nursing homes.
  3. Get vaccinated: Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still get infected with the Delta Variant, but having both vaccine doses can protect you from getting sick enough to be hospitalized.      
  4. Get tested: Even if you are vaccinated, get COVID tested if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have been in a situation in which you may have been exposed. If you are not vaccinated, make sure to get tested before and after traveling.

 COVID Clear Services, an affiliate of ACCESS Nursing Services, offers Rapid testing, which produces results in 10 minutes and PCR testing, with results in 24 to 36 hours, for businesses, schools, senior facilities, and any special event, including weddings, bar mitzvahs, or parties. COVID Clear also offers DIY-in home testing kits that can be delivered to you by mail. All the COVID-19 testing and screening is performed by highly experienced COVID Clear clinicians. For more information, contact or visit the COVID Clear Services website.