Risks of COVID-19 variants
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As new COVID-19 variants continue to emerge, it’s important to know more about the virus, its variants and how vaccines work against them.
About the variants
- Viruses mutate and change, causing new variants to emerge
- COVID-19 spreads very quickly, especially some of its variants
- Some variants are more mild than others, but hospitalizations and deaths can still occur. The severity of illness depends on:
- your COVID-19 vaccination status
- if you’ve had a prior infection
- any underlying medical conditions
COVID-19 does not have to be severe to take a toll. Even mild symptoms have an impact on communities, businesses and health systems.
Remember: a virus’s job is to spread, not to treat people kindly.
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About the vaccines
Vaccines are very effective in protecting you from severe COVID-19, hospitalization and death.
You are less likely to develop severe COVID-19 if you have up-to-date vaccinations, including a booster shot if you are eligible.
How you can do your part
- Get vaccinated
- Stay at home when sick
- Wear a mask
- Practice physical distancing
- Wash or sanitize your hands
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