Karen Jubanyik, MD, emergency physician at Yale Medicine, associate professor at Yale School of Medicine and co-author of Defeat the coronavirus: Strategies for Staying Safe and Dealing with the New Normal During the COVID-19 Pandemic, tells us how not to catch COVID. “We must all act together and act in the best interests of our communities,” she said. “If we don’t act and act decisively and swiftly, it’s likely that worse variants will emerge.” Read on for his 5 life-saving ways to avoid catching the coronavirus, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss them. Sure Signs You Have Ever Had COVID.
Basically, the rules of the first wave now apply during the Delta and Omicron variants. Anyone who can get the vaccine should do so. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about whether there are real medical reasons why you should not get the vaccine. There are very few real contraindications to vaccination. That said, some people may not respond adequately to a full vaccination due to aging, immune disorders, cancer, medications, and other conditions, and we all need to do our part to protect them by doing our utmost. possible not to get Delta ourselves. and potentially spread it to others. And at the time of this writing, children under 12 cannot be vaccinated. They therefore remain a large pool of vulnerable people, as well as a pool of people who can contract asymptomatic cases and spread to vulnerable adults. Read on for the other 4 things you need to remember.
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And when I say that we all need to do everything we can to avoid getting Delta, in addition to getting vaccinated (including boosters when indicated), we need to protect each other by wearing masks. The masks work. It’s scientific. This was proven many years ago – wearing surgical masks has kept many patients from getting infections from their surgeons and surgical teams. Would you allow your surgeon to operate on you without a mask? Masks are not a political debate. They work. They prevent the spread of respiratory viruses from person to person. Many of us have treated many sick patients in the emergency room, indoors, nearby and have been able to stay COVID-free because we were wearing masks. Much of the spread of COVID has occurred in social settings and in households when people are in close contact, indoors, without masks. This is what spreads COVID. The lesson learned, therefore, is that people should wear masks in classrooms, shops, on public transport, basically anywhere people will be close to each other indoors for extended periods of time (> 20 minutes). I wouldn’t go to an indoor concert, comedy club, restaurant or bar right now. I would be reluctant to take a plane and wouldn’t do it for purely recreational reasons like a vacation. If I had to fly for work or for family reasons, I would wear a double mask, especially wearing the N95. Airplane traffic has been proven to be very good, but if the person sitting next to you has COVID and is coughing, I would be worried without a really good mask.
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The overall problem now is that people are focusing on themselves, their own risk tolerance and their feelings about their “rights”. But the reality is that we are all responsible for the health of the community. A parent may think they have “the right” to say that their 4th year student doesn’t have to wear a mask, but just as we have a responsibility to stop at red lights and not drive in bad condition. drunkenness (even though we think we have a right to do whatever we want), this parent has a responsibility to prevent their grade 4 student from contracting COVID and potentially passing it on to a classmate or school member. the family of a classmate who could get really sick or die if they contract COVID. We are finding that even people who contract asymptomatic cases of COVID can experience long-lasting symptoms involving the heart, lungs or brain.
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So I would send my child to school. I would involve them in safe activities, which include outdoor sports, masked indoor sports, and other activities. I wouldn’t travel for fun in areas of the country with strong community outreach (i.e. most of the country). Keep in mind that many countries outside of the United States have relatively low vaccination rates. So, if one goes to one of these places, or to a place where a lot of unvaccinated people travel, it could be very dangerous to enter museums, stores, restaurants, if they do not. are not masked. I wouldn’t socialize at large indoor gatherings like weddings or parties unless people were masked. I wouldn’t socialize with families that I knew weren’t following sensible guidelines. I would visit relatives in a nursing home or hospital, but only if masked. I would not take public transport (metro, bus, train) unless everyone adheres to the mask.
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It’s all very fluid – things can change from place to place, even within a week or two. Most other countries have had short Delta waves, so we can hope that we will get there soon. And to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of these sites. 35 places where you’re most likely to catch COVID.