By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group
We’re now at the halfway point of summer in Minnesota and while current case rates are low, we here at PFund Foundation have been hearing a lot about delta and other variants of the coronavirus lately. With so much information circulating about variants, it can be hard to keep up with the latest recommendations from medical personnel and public health experts. So, this week, we’re featuring a few things we’ve either read or listened to that have provided useful information and guidance on variants.
One thing that all of these articles and podcasts agree on: The best way to protect yourself from the delta variant is to get yourself vaccinated, if you haven’t already done so. The State of Minnesota has created a handy vaccine locator that will help connect you with a shot.
A couple of other resources that we have found helpful in trying to keep up-to-date with the latest developments regarding the ongoing pandemic include the following:
- This article from the Washington Post on how to stay safe with cases on the rise due to the delta variant.
- Minnesota’s very own Dr. Mike Osterholm runs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Osterholm has been producing an informative COVID-19 podcast for months, and the most recent episode contains useful information about the delta variant and discussion of whether booster shots may be required in the future.
- Another useful resource is the In the Bubble podcast, the brain-child of health care expert and former Minnesota resident Andy Slavitt. Slavitt has worked on health care issues for both the Obama and Biden administrations and provides an insider’s perspective on how politicians and government officials have been responding to the pandemic and up-to-date information on the latest emerging research and recommendations related to COVID-19.
While it’s great that vaccinated individuals are currently able to safely resume many activities, the pandemic is by no means over yet, and we all need to stay informed on how we can best take care of ourselves and our communities as the delta variant spreads in the United States.
The Latest on COVID-19 in Minnesota
All eligible Minnesotans can now walk in for a COVID-19 vaccine at the state’s Community Vaccination Program locations. 17 and younger must receive consent from a parent or guardian, so the state encourages families to walk in and get vaccinated together! Find the location that’s right for your family by clicking here.
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