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Help and information for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic
A coronavirus spreading around the world is causing the illness COVID-19. The virus is very infectious, and the illness can be dangerous. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our health, jobs, schools, and everyday lives.
There are now highly effective vaccines for COVID-19 available in the USA. All individuals 12 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Delta variant of COVID-19
The Delta variant of the coronavirus was detected in the USA in March of 2021. This variant was first identified in India in December 2020.
Viruses constantly change and mutate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), variants spread more quickly and easily. There are currently other variants in the USA, like the Alpha, Gamma, and Beta variants.
Experts from Yale University say the following about the Delta variant:
- Delta is more contagious than other virus strains.
- People who are not fully vaccinated are most at risk.
- There are risks of hyperlocal outbreaks, depending on how many people are vaccinated.
Heere are CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated people:
- You can take part in activities you did before the pandemic.
- Wear a mask when you are indoors to reduce infection from the Delta variant.
- Continue to wear a mask if you have a weak immune system or to protect sick family members.
- Wear a mask when indicated by the law, rules, and other local regulations.
- If you are exposed to COVID-19, get tested (even if you don’t present symptoms). Wear a mask while you wait for your results. Isolate if your test result is positive.
Learn more about the vaccines and if you are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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This information comes from trusted sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. USAHello does not give legal advice or medical advice, nor are any of our materials intended to be taken as legal or medical advice. Our health information has been reviewed by USAHello board member Tej Mishra, a US public health professional and epidemiologist.
Many immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the USA are facing even larger challenges than other Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Their access to healthcare, financial relief and other supports is limited. We’ve put together some ideas for how you can help.