COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is transmitted through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Getting sick from these droplets requires proximity to an infected person, or touching a surface that might have a droplet, then touching your mouth, nose and possibly eyes. You are at low risk of contracting the virus unless you have recently traveled to an outbreak site or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus. More information about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
COVID-19 Variants and Mutations
Coronaviruses develop mutations frequently, even as often as every 2 weeks. There are three variants of COVID-19 that are currently under investigation – the UK variant, the South African variant and the Brazil variant. Health officials have identified the presence of the U.K. variant in Arizona, and the South African variant was also identified in the U.S. The U.K. variant is more contagious than some of the other COVID strains, but the current vaccines on the market do appear to be effective against this variant. The South African strain has also shown to be more contagious. While research is ongoing, vaccines appear to be less effective against this variant, though still within the protective range and are highly recommended.
Whether you need to see your doctor, have an elective surgery, or receive any other routine or urgent health service, you can rest assured that we’ve taken all the steps we can to protect you and those you love.