Public Health Update – September 13, 2021
To the Wesleyan Community,
It’s so good to see everyone back on campus! Hats off to all who braved the remnants of Hurricane Ida for a successful Arrival Week and start to the fall semester.
COVID-19 has evolved since our previous academic year. During the summer, the Delta variant of the SARS CoV-2 virus began to take hold. The more prevalent the variant became, the more we realized the specific ways it is problematic:
– It is more contagious and transmissible than the native (alpha) strain that we first experienced. The alpha variant level of contagion was similar to influenza. The Delta is more like chicken pox.
– With spikes in the summer, the concern is that it could become more widespread in the fall and winter.
– This variant has become the most common strain of the SARS CoV-2 virus.