The Delta Variant: August 2021 Update
While many have hopes that COVID-19 will come to an end soon, mutations of the deadly virus are preventing it from going anywhere. One variant, Delta, that first showed up in December of 2020 in India is now the most prevalent strain of COVID-19 in the United States.
Vaccinated people have shown to have more immunity to this new strain over unvaccinated people. While vaccinated people can still become infected and transmit the strain to others, they’re much less likely to experience adverse symptoms and side effects. With the help of the vaccination, many people won’t be hospitalized due to the Delta strain.
The rates of vaccinations have been increasing steadily, as more and more people get vaccinated. Those rates are as follows:
- 72.2% of American adults over the age of 18 and 59.9% of the total population have their first vaccination.
- 61.8% of American adults over the age of 18 and 50.9% of the total population are fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated people are at even higher risk of getting sick or being hospitalized by the Delta variant over the original strain of COVID-19, so it’s important that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are followed to keep transmission rates down.
With the CDC encouraging people to continue isolating, mental health disorders have been on the rise. Clinical insomnia has increased 37% and anxiety amongst health care workers has increased 25.8% since the start of the pandemic. This rise in mental health struggles has increased alcohol sales, increasing addiction rates as well. More and more people are relying on alcohol as a coping mechanism, increasing their risk of dependence.
Thankfully, addiction treatment centers remain open during this time so that alcohol addicts can get the treatment that they need.
Update: May 2021
While the world looks incredibly different now than it did before the pandemic, distribution of vaccines is a promising step back towards normalcy.
- US COVID-19 Deaths: 581,000
- Percent of US Population With 1 Vaccine Dose: 46.6%
- Percent of US Population Fully Vaccinated: 35.2%
Getting people vaccinated is a large focus, but there is concern surrounding what doctors are calling “long COVID.” This condition occurs in people who previously had COVID-19, but are still experiencing symptoms. Many of these effects are the same as the symptoms experienced during COVID-19 sickness, but they last for much longer. Common long COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Continued loss of taste and smell
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog
- Muscle and bone pain
In an effort to manage some of these symptoms, doctors have been prescribing Opioids at much higher rates than usual. Researchers studying veterans treatment centers around the US discovered this worrying trend and urge doctors to keep a watchful eye on their Opioid prescriptions. In a country still battling an Opioid epidemic, too much comfort with Opioid painkillers is a reminder of what started it all. Combining an alcohol use disorder with Opioid misuse can result in overdose and death.
Isolation and stress are potentially dangerous triggers for people trying to maintain sobriety. Unfortunately, the pandemic caused a spike in both of these factors across the globe. With traditional support structures cut off for safety’s sake and stressors like job loss and death of a loved one, drug use shot up in the US. Results between several studies established a range of 13% to 18% increase in drug use throughout the country during the pandemic. This is a huge leap in terms of statistical data from a group of 350 million people. Anyone struggling through this time has an increased susceptibility of developing a substance use disorder, but those people struggling with mental health disorders like PTSD and anxiety are at even higher risk.
Alcohol Use Disorder During The Pandemic
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has changed the landscape of society, but it has not changed the way alcohol abuse destroys the lives of individuals and their families. You or your loved one may be turning to alcohol in these uncertain times, or you may be faced with the realization that addiction has been in your home for a long time. However, you don’t have to go through this alone. Rehabilitation centers are still open, providing essential treatment for people in need. You don’t have to wait; if you or your loved one struggles with an addiction, it is possible to begin recovery today.
When you are living with an alcohol use disorder, there is no better time than now to get help. With a therapeutic stay at a professional rehab center, you can safely detox, start therapy, join a support group, and learn ways to manage your cravings. Rehab centers are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their patients and staff in mind. If you’re interested in rehab, please give a call to a treatment provider and get the answers you need. With one phone call, you can find out:
- The Types of Therapy for Alcoholism
- How to Safely Detox from Alcohol
- How a Dual Diagnosis is Treated
- How an Aftercare Plan is Created
Repeated and long-term alcohol use damages the internal organs, and can lead to serious health conditions like pancreatitis, cirrhosis, and several different types of cancer. People with chronic health conditions are at a higher risk for COVID-19. Seeking treatment can provide you or your loved one an opportunity for your body and mind to heal and protect yourself from the dangerous effects that alcohol has on the body.
Alcohol Rehab Guide is here to provide you with information on the realities of alcoholism and their connection to COVID-19. You may be realizing that you or your loved one is not just a social drinker in this time of isolation. A treatment provider can help you decipher what your treatment options are, how you can pay for rehab, and answer any other questions that might be holding you back.
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