The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that COVID-19 is on the rise across the country, mostly due to the delta variant.

CDC data: Are COVID-19 cases rising?

Right now, 35% of U.S. counties are seeing a rise in community transmission of COVID-19, according to the CDC.

  • “COVID-19 cases are on the rise in nearly 90% of U.S. jurisdictions, and we are seeing outbreaks in parts of the country that have a low vaccination coverage,” the CDC said.
What to know about delta variant symptoms and COVID symptoms for the fully vaccinated

Though fully vaccinated people might be protected, the rise in cases puts a strain on hospitals and health care centers, which could have dire consequences for all.

  • “An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on health care resources and could lead to more hospitalizations and deaths,” the CDC said.

Are delta variant symptoms different than normal COVID?

The rise in COVID-19 cases has been linked to the delta variant of COVID-19. And Dr. George Monks, a physician and volunteer teacher for the University of Oklahoma, wrote on Twitter that the delta variant symptoms might be different than normal COVID-19, which is reason enough for more people to get tested against the virus.

  • “The delta variant has slightly different symptoms compared to the original virus,” he said.
  • He said you might not experience the loss of taste and smell.
  • The delta variant could create a cough, shortness of breath, fever, body aches, congestion and more.
  • Monks said people should get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms similar to COVID-19.

Can the delta variant kill you?

Dr. Mary Clarke, Oklahoma State Medical Association president, told KOIN-TV that people should be worried about the delta variant.

  • “This delta variant is more deadly than the original,” she said.
These doctors warn of COVID-19 symptoms from the delta variant

What to do if you’re worried about COVID-19

The CDC said it’s important for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which “is now a preventable disease.”

  • “When you are fully vaccinated, you are protected against severe illness, hospitalization and death,” the CDC said.