So, what should you do? Should you get tested? In this blog post, we will explore the latest news and information about COVID-19 so that you can make an informed decision about your health.
The Spread Of Omicron
At the end of last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new strain of COVID-19 called Omicron. This new strain is slightly different from the original virus, and experts are still trying to determine how it spreads. So far, it seems that Omicron is not as deadly as the original virus but has caused record peaks in many cases worldwide.
As many places have experienced the peak of the Omicron wave, some countries are now loosening public-health measures to the degree that hasn't been seen since the beginning of COVID-19. However, this doesn't mean that Omicron isn't more infectious than any other variety and evades the immunity provided by incomplete vaccination as well as prior infection.
Changes Expected For The 2022 Year
The original COVID-19 virus is estimated to have caused around two million deaths, while Omicron has caused only a fraction of that. However, experts believe that the number of people infected by Omicron will continue to rise in the coming years as more and more people become immune to it.
As 2022 continues, we'll see the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 continue to decline. However, it's important to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. We must remain vigilant in our fight against this virus so that we can finally put an end to it and keep ourselves protected throughout the year.
How To Stay Protected As You Move Forward
With travel re-opening, resuming, and picking up around the world, it is important to take some precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat or touch your face.
- Schedule your COVID-19 test before traveling to ensure you're not spreading the disease.
- If you're not feeling well, stay home and avoid contact with other people.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cough, and make sure to dispose of any used tissues in a waste bin.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wear a face mask if you are feeling sick or around someone who is.
These are just some basic tips that can help keep you safe as we move forward into the next stage of this pandemic. Remember to stay informed and to take precautions when necessary. We will get through this together!
The end of COVID-19 is in sight, but we are not there yet. We must remain vigilant in our fight against this virus so that we can finally put an end to it and keep ourselves protected. With travel re-opening and restrictions ending, make sure to follow the information we've presented above and stay safe as we move forward into the next stage of this pandemic.