Although it seemed that things were getting back to normal and COVID-19 was behind us, that is not the reality. The virus has not been eradicated and we are seeing an increase in cases in the United States. Additionally, we recently reached a grim new milestone of more than 1 million US deaths related to the virus. With more people becoming infected daily, Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, urgent care medical director and physician at Carbon Health and Saint Mary’s Hospital, who has been treating COVID patients since the beginning, shares the latest on COVID and places to avoid in an effort to help prevent catching the virus . Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.
Dr. Curry-Winchell says, “There’s another surge happening right now across the United States. The new dominant strain is BA.212.1 and it has been shown to be about 30% more infectious (more contagious) than BA.2. Symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe requiring hospitalization And a common myth is that you can’t get COVID more than once In fact, you they can catch him more than once.”
“It’s because new variants spread easily,” says Dr. Curry-Winchell. “The chance of getting COVID if you are unvaccinated or vaccinated and not boosted is very high. The removal of mask guidelines has also allowed this new variant to spread easily and cause new infections and reinfections.”
According to Dr. Curry-Winchell, “A study of the University of Bristol in England recently determined that the coronavirus loses most of its ability to transmit from one person to another 20 minutes after being in the air. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus can survive up to 3 days on a non-porous surface.”
Dr. Curry-Winchell shares: “Indoor areas are not always well ventilated, which can increase the chance of contracting COVID. The more air that is available at your event or gathering, it can help reduce the risks of contracting the virus.” .
Dr. Curry-Winchell reminds us: “If you attend an event, there is a chance that you will be exposed to the virus due to the sheer volume of people in an area. Your risk may also be increased based on the vaccination status of others who are often is unknown at large gatherings.
Dr. Curry-Winchell cautions: “If you attend an event, such as a live theater performance, your risks of exposure to COVID could be increased due to the screaming that often occurs with live theater. Wear a mask in a ventilated theater can help lower your risks.
Although mask mandates have been lifted, you may want to reconsider wearing one at the store and anywhere else you’re around a lot of people, as cases are on the rise. That said, “it’s important to wear an N95 or K95 as a layer of protection against new variants,” Dr. Curry-Winchell reminds us. “The traditional surgical mask does not protect against new variants.”
You may want to pause your gym membership again. Dr. Curry-Winchell says: “Exercise is good for the soul and mind, however it often involves heavy breathing. If you exercise indoors, wearing a K95 or N95 could lower your risk of contracting the virus.” “.
Follow the basics of public health and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live: get vaccinated or get well as soon as possible; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, use a N95 maskdo not travel, keep social distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you are not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, no no visit none of these 35 places where you are most likely to get COVID.
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing on health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently works as a freelancer for various publications. read more