Not only do we have to worry about the flu, there are now five variant cases of COVID out right now: Omicron, Delta, Delta AY. 4.2, Beta and Alpha.
Although scientists are still working to figure out the severity of each variant, all symptoms remain close to the same as the original COVID-19.
It is expected for vaccinated people to have breakthrough infections which causes more and more people to question the real benefit of the vaccination.
This also causes the ones who are already vaccinated to have regrets and deep thoughts on each vaccination. However, just like any vaccination, although you may get vaccinated, it is only to “prevent” you from catching the infection. You can still get it; everybody’s body is different when it comes to infections and vaccinations.
The question many people are concerned about is if there are other variants to be worried about. On Yalemedicine.org, the agency is still monitoring for other variants that are either no longer detected in the U.S. or are spreading at a slow enough pace that they don’t pose a serious risk.
According to cdc.gov, as of Nov. 16, a total of 98,174,364 COVID cases have been reported in the United States. As well as it being a total of 1,073 million COVID-19 deaths have been reported to the United States.
“I haven’t seen a positive COVID in a while, flu and RSV are prevalent right now. I would say the flu has been on the rise more so since COVID so maybe it feels bad because of that,” said Angela English, a nurse at Southwood HCA.
Although we do not know when the end of the pandemic will be, there are new vaccines and booster shots coming out solely to target the most common virus strains. It is important we remain safe and to watch out for your surroundings since COVID-19 and other variants are our new lifestyle.
Dr Leana Wen stated on CNN.com, “I’m not sure this would be called another surge because the numbers didn’t really come down from the previous rise. The good news is that the vaccines and boosters continue to provide excellent protection against severe disease. For individuals who want to prioritize reducing their risk of COVID-19 infection, I’d advise first that they follow the CDC guidance and stay up to date on their boosters.”