Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Our experts from the UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health, in conjunction with other infectious disease colleagues, explain how coronavirus spreads, its symptoms, if you should travel and what you should do if you suspect you have coronavirus.

Get the Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines that may prevent COVID-19 are an important step toward stemming the worldwide pandemic. Find out about the authorized vaccines, how they work, possible side effects, the benefits of being vaccinated and how you can get vaccinated at University Hospitals.

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The Delta Variant and Why It is Different

The Delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is fueling a rise in cases across the United States this summer.

A variant is a different version of a virus that has changed through mutation. The Delta variant is much more contagious than earlier versions of the coronavirus, meaning less of the virus is required to cause infection. People who get infected with the Delta variant produce more of the virus earlier and in higher amounts.

Also different with the Delta variant is that people who are vaccinated appear to be able to spread the virus. This is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued new guidance on wearing masks.

The CDC recommends:

  • If you’re fully vaccinated, wear a mask when indoors in public places in communities with substantial or high transmission.
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors in public regardless of transmission levels in your community.
  • Wear a mask regardless of transmission levels in your area if you have a weakened immune system or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition.
  • Wear a mask regardless of transmission levels in your area if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.

Fully vaccinated people also can test positive for the Delta variant, which is called breakthrough infection. As with any vaccine, breakthrough cases are expected, and do not reflect on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Getting fully vaccinated is still the best way to avoid being hospitalized with or dying from COVID-19. Those who are 12 and older can get vaccinated at University Hospitals by calling 216-983-0012 or by making an appointment for your child with his or her UH Rainbow pediatrician.

If you are fully vaccinated, the risk of having a severe illness from the Delta variant requiring admission to an intensive care unit is about one in 100,000. Deaths from COVID-19 among fully vaccinated people are extremely rare.

Frequently Asked Questions

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UH COVID Recovery Clinic

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Coronavirus: Expert Medical Advice & Information

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Delta variant risk to vaccinated/unvaccinated people and the risk of a more lethal variant

Dr. Keith Armitage, infectious disease physician and Medical Director, UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health, explains the risk of the COVID-19 Delta variant and why a more lethal variant could arrive.
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Why are we going back to masks?

Dr. Keith Armitage explains the risk of the COVID-19 Delta variant and why the CDC has again recommended masks.
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Delta variant in kids

The Delta variant is more contagious in adults but what does that mean for kids and what is the best way to protect them? Pediatric infectious disease specialist, Amy Edwards, MD, explains.
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Delta variant in schools

The COVID-19 Delta variant is more contagious in adults. How does that impact schools reopening and what are the best ways to keep kids safe?
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UH COVID Recovery Clinic

It is estimated that at least 10-20 percent of individuals infected with COVID-19 will continue to have health problems for weeks, even months, after their body has cleared the virus. The University Hospitals COVID Recovery Clinic is dedicated to the comprehensive evaluation,

Supplies Needed

Supplies are in high demand for the protection of our caregivers. Your support will help UH continue to provide the highest-quality care to our community.

Are You a UH Patient or Visitor?

Get information on visitor restrictions, non-essential appointments, testing locations and more.

COVID-19 on the Healthy@UH Blog

Want more advice and information on coronavirus topics? Hear from the medical experts at UH on the Healthy@UH blog.

University Hospitals Is Prepared to Handle Coronavirus

University Hospitals is taking steps to respond if needed:

UH’s emergency response plan has been updated for the coronavirus outbreak and to meet any rapid increase in health care needs. We also are in touch with the local health department and the Ohio Department of Health to monitor the situation and respond to new events or recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

We screen all patients who come to our facilities, such as emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient clinics and others, by asking appropriate questions about travel to areas of concern as defined by the CDC, contact with persons known to have contracted coronavirus, and about fever and symptoms of respiratory illnesses. The infection control team is available 24/7 to assist at all of our sites.

All UH facilities have access to rooms that meet the standard of isolation for patients with coronavirus as recommended by the CDC, and we can rapidly recruit more rooms throughout our facilities.

All UH employees must undergo mandatory screening for symptoms of COVID-19 as they arrive at work. Before entering the facility, each employee will have their temperature taken and the presence of flu-like symptoms. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher or exhibiting flu-like symptoms will not be permitted to enter our facilities. We also are advising employees to follow Gov. Mike DeWine's directive to take their temperature before coming to work.

Support COVID-19 Response

Community response and caregiver support funds have been established to support the extensive patient care, medical supplies, research and education needs.

Your gift, of any size, can make a significant impact in our current needs of health care, research and education.

COVID-19 Research at UH

University Hospitals and the biomedical industry have come together to assemble a variety of novel and innovative ideas and solutions to prevent, treat, and cure COVID-19.

Learn more about these research efforts at the UH Research & Education Institute.

Multi-Language Interpreter Services for COVID-19

Latest News from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Get up-to-the-minute news and information on the coronavirus in, English, Español, 繁體中文, Tiếng Việt, or 한국어 from the CDC.

UH Foreign Language Interpretation Services

Free language assistance services are available to translate COVID-19 information, please call 216-844-1544.