Cases of COVID-19 are rising both nationally and in Massachusetts due to the highly contagious Delta variant, which is significantly more transmissible and possibly more dangerous than previous strains of COVID-19.
The good news is that there are effective ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from contracting COVID-19, or from experiencing severe disease.
Here’s what you should know:
- Get vaccinated. Unvaccinated people are at the greatest risk for infection and severe disease. Getting vaccinated protects you and can also help protect your loved ones who may be unable to be vaccinated. The vaccines are safe and highly effective against preventing infection, especially severe disease, hospitalization and death.
- Wear a mask in indoor public places if you’re not vaccinated. Mask wearing indoors is also recommended in crowded locations, if you have a weakened immune system, or if you live in a community with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission, regardless of your vaccination status.
- Monitor your health. Pay attention to symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath or cold-like symptoms. Stay home and get tested if appropriate.