Virus Experts Warn It Could Happen Next – Eat This, Not That
It’s been two years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and it appears the virus is here for now, experts say. While COVID has proven to be unpredictable and difficult to determine what happens next, one thing researchers can agree on is that the virus will continue to mutate and create more variants. “COVID is a virus that will continue to mutate and spread in the United States; the severity of each variant and sub-variant remains uncertain, so it’s important to continue to track the numbers in your area and follow the advice from health experts to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID. The good news is that people can be prepared using the tools available today – from masks to rapid home tests,” Dr Mary Rodgersprincipal researcher at Abbott says Eat this, not that! Health. We spoke to several COVID experts who gave their thoughts on the pandemic and what might happen next. Keep reading – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.
Dr. Vivek Cheriana Chicago-based internal medicine physician says, “The new omicron strain (BA.2) is approximately 50% more transmissible than the first omicron strain, but it does not appear to cause more severe disease or escape responses immunity from vaccination or previous infection. . One thing we’ve learned about this pandemic is that it’s extremely difficult to predict the future with the countless curveballs that have come our way. That being said, I think it’s less likely that we’ll see an increase in the BA.2 variant. It’s also best to reiterate that the most tried and true (and easiest way!) way to prevent a flare or future flares is to get people vaccinated and stimulated. “
Dr William Holubek, Chief Medical Officer, University Hospital reveals: “We are really in the expectation while being “prepared for the worst”. We continue to monitor COVID activity in the region and our hospital, while preparing for a possible increase and continue vaccination and follow the recommendations of the CDC.
Erica Susky, an infection control practitioner (ICP) in hospital epidemiology says: “As public health restrictions ease in many places, with a more transmissible subline of Omicron emerging in greater numbers (BA.2) , another wave of COVID-19 is likely to occur in the coming weeks. This may vary from region to region, what will matter is that fewer people get serious illness and if the system region can handle the new number of cases. , has shown the ability to mutate and recombine. In the coming months, further evolution and changes in SARS-CoV- could be expected. 2. Compared to past epidemics, the evolution of pathogens tends towards the average, or less virulence A virus that kills fewer hosts and spreads more easily has a competitive advantage from an evolutionary point of view. seems to be what happens with Omicron.
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Dr. William Lang, Medical Director, WorldClinic states, “There is a reasonable chance that we will see a brief mini-wave driven by omicron-BA2 in the US as they have seen in the UK and Europe. New York, which has been our indicator, has had two weeks of fairly stable case increases, but nowhere near the level seen in the UK. In any case, even if we see a significant increase in cases, it is unlikely that we will see significant increases in hospitalizations or deaths The number of people immunized against recent cases, the greater the number of vaccinated people immunity, along with better availability of antivirals and monoclonal antibodies will limit the proportion of severe cases I don’t see us returning to restrictions, although people with risk factors want to return to safe harbor mask in crowded places.
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Board-certified internist Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, and best-selling author of From Tired to Fantastic! explains: “Simple measures such as sleep, exercise, a good diet and multivitamins, and staying hydrated can make you much safer. Although the virus, like the common cold which is its cousin, is susceptible to be with us for a very long time, it is likely to also become less of a concern once we have had the initial infection.The first infection is the riskiest for most of these types of viruses.Then your body learns tricks to kill the infection faster in future infections, before they can really do any harm.”
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Follow the basics of public health and help end this pandemic, wherever you live – get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear a N95 face maskdo not travel, socially distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you do not shelter with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and that of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where you are most likely to catch COVID.