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Staying safe with the Delta variant

Living independently can become increasingly challenging with age, and the past 18 months are no exception. Transitioning to an assisted living community brings its own challenges, with potential COVID risks being the most concerning. The latest variant of the virus brings new challenges that can be of particular concern to those over age 65 who rely on a senior living facility to help maintain their health.

That’s why Crimson Village has implemented precautionary measures and is dedicated to following all Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines. Our Tuscaloosa-based assisted living community has been specifically designed to help residents fully enjoy their golden years, and that means being vigilant about protecting their health and well-being.

Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty, Medical Director at Crimson Village, has led the community’s ongoing efforts surrounding COVID. His efforts include keeping the community healthy and informed and ensuring that all Crimson Village residents and staff have ensures staff and residents have direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. In addition, Dr. Peramsetty has spearheaded vaccination clinics for the surrounding community.

Beyond the ongoing safety efforts at Crimson Village, there are a few additional things to know about the delta variant of COVID-19:

It spreads quickly

One thing that sets the delta variant apart from other coronavirus strains is how quickly it spreads. The delta variant appears to be around twice as transmissible as the original strains.

In just a few months, the delta variant went from being nonexistent in the U.S. to now making up the vast majority (about 83 percent) of new COVID-19 cases, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Delta may cause different symptoms

Cold-like symptoms, including headache, runny nose, and a sore throat, now top the list of most common symptoms among those who’ve contracted the delta variant. More traditional COVID-19 symptoms — loss of smell, shortness of breath, fever, and persistent cough — have become less common. The staff at Crimson Village are watchful of these new symptoms, whether among current residents or visitors, to ensure proper precautions are taken in the event of exposure.

COVID vaccines provide strong protection against delta

Vaccinated people are eight times less likely to get sick and 25 times less likely to end up in the hospital compared with unvaccinated people. Despite this latest mutation, COVID is still no match for the authorized vaccines, which experts say provide a high level of protection from severe illness from delta and other variants circulating in the U.S. So far, less than 1 percent of fully vaccinated individuals have been hospitalized or have died from COVID-19, according to the CDC.

At Crimson Village, we have direct access to COVID treatment. Our medical director has been a leader for our community for covid testing, vaccines, and treatment. If you are worried about your loved ones contracting COVID, know that Crimson Village has the resources to provide aftercare. Monoclonal antibody treatment has proved to be a crucial treatment for high-risk individuals who contract COVID-19 or who have been directly exposed. Crimson Village continues to follow ADPH guidelines to help Crimson Village stay as safe as possible.

The COVID-19 protocols implemented at Crimson Village are just one clear indication of the ongoing commitment to excellence and community care. The 91-apartment facility was specifically designed to provide top-tier care and services for seniors, with a variety of floor plan and price point options. In addition to lovely, spacious apartments, the community also features well-appointed common areas to encourage residents to socialize with one another and participate in daily activities. In short, Crimson Village was built to provide a friendly, caring, and safe community for seniors to fully enjoy their golden years.

Explore our website for more information or contact our dedicated team members via email at or by phone at 205-632-6699 to discuss your specific needs.

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