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EDITORIAL: Common sense and COVID

Posted 7/23/22

Chances are you know someone who has, or has recently had, COVID-19. The new, more highly transmissible strain of the virus known as BA.5 has been rapidly spreading across the country ...

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EDITORIAL: Common sense and COVID

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Chances are you know someone who has, or has recently had, COVID-19.

The new, more highly transmissible strain of the virus known as BA.5 has been rapidly spreading across the country and is now the dominant version in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control suggests:

• If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.

• Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

• Get tested if you have symptoms.

Thanks to vaccines, treatments and immunity from previous infections, we are a far cry from the untenable situation of having as many people hospitalized with COVID as we had previously in the pandemic.

Despite the improved conditions surrounding COVID compared to a year ago, health officials are urging the public not to let its guard down.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to children 6 months and older, and booster shots are available to people 5 years old and older. The CDC recommends that adults 50 and older get two booster shots, as should people 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

For more information, go to cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

Using common sense approaches will help clamp down this most recent COVID surge.

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