Viruses have the ability to morph and mutate. That is exactly how the Delta variant, as well as
the other variants of COVID-19, have come into being. Mercy Health Urgent Care wants you to
be in the know about the Delta virus so that you can stay as healthy as possible! Our locations are available for COVID-19 testing, wellness checkups, and for sharing information to help you better understand the current contagion. Education is an important part of prevention. That’s why we’re sharing some of the most important questions about the current virus and its spread. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant.

What Is the Delta Variant, and What Are Its Symptoms?


The Delta variant is the most recent and, presently, the most prominent strain of the original
COVID-19 Alpha virus. It is fast-spreading and carries strong similarities to the first strain.
Fever, body aches, respiratory issues, and cold or flu-like symptoms are common with the Delta
variant. Unlike the original, there are fewer cases of individuals losing their senses of taste and
smell. While there are insufficient studies to determine that the Delta variant is more deadly than
the Alpha strain, hospitals are seeing high numbers of serious and even life-threatening cases
in unvaccinated individuals. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your nearby Mercy Health Urgent Care today!

How Quickly Does It Spread?

We are seeing a rapid uphill spike in positive cases. This is due to the extremely contagious nature of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Compared to the original strain, the transmission rate of the Delta variant has almost doubled. Like the Alpha variant, this variant spreads through airborne transmission. This means that infected particles from saliva droplets can be suspended in the air and easily inhaled by those nearby. The virus can live in the air for as long as 16 hours, as well. Fifteen minutes of exposure can put you at risk of contracting or transmitting the Delta variant.

Is the Vaccine Effective for This Variant?

It is possible for those who have been vaccinated for the COVID-19 Alpha strain to contract the Delta variant. Infections in vaccinated patients are termed “breakthrough cases.” While vaccinated individuals may still be at risk for Delta, this should not deter you from getting the vaccine. Those who have been vaccinated are much less likely to contract the variant. If they do, their symptoms are shown to be drastically less severe compared to those who have not gotten the vaccine.

Who Is at the Greatest Risk?

The Delta variant has been named a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means that it is widespread, highly contagious, and carries severe symptoms. In addition to the Delta variant, the Delta Plus variant has been identified in the United States and several other countries. The Delta Plus variant, though not yet a variant of concern, is especially damaging to the lungs. While the first strain presented greater risks for the elderly, the Delta virus shows greater issues for younger people and adults under 50 years of age. Those who are overweight, have preexisting respiratory conditions, have compromised immune systems, or are unvaccinated are still at risk. 

Visit Mercy Health Urgent Care!

At Mercy Health Urgent Care, we are dedicated to providing fast, convenient, satisfying service to our patients. Especially during these times of widespread illness, we want to make sure that you and your families stay safe and well. If you need a COVID test, checkup, or any other aid during a non-life-threatening emergency, our doors are open. Check-in online for our Rockford location, or schedule a virtual visit. You can also call us at 616-685-7961 with any other questions. Our staff is ready to help you get back to wellness!