"She embraces cleanliness with a humble profile"
- - Sizzla
With Omicron cases on the rise, here are a few statements from the CDC.gov website to keep in mind:
The federal government has launched the CovidTests.gov website. Americans can now order up to four free at-home Covid-19 tests per household. The orders are expected to ship at the end of the month via the US Postal Service.
On January 15, health insurance providers began covering eight at-home Covid kits. If customers choose to go this route, they can be reimbursed for up to $12 per kit by contacting their insurance provider. In addition, you can receive free tests from participating in-network pharmacies as an alternative to purchasing at-home kits.
The CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron. As they know, Omicron can spread even if you're vaccinated or if you don't have any symptoms. More data is needed to understand if the Omicron infections, reinfections, or breakthrough infections will cause more severe illness or death than infections from other variants of Covid. The data collected is specific to the groups of fully vaccinated people.
At this time, it's being reported that fully vaccinated people are likely to contract breakthrough infections.
Scientists are relentlessly working to find out how well existing treatments for Covid work. They're basing their findings on the genetic make-up of Omicron. Some treatments are likely to remain effective, while others may be less effective.
For the time being, vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from Covid-19 and its variants. Vaccines are also the best option to slow the spread and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.
DO YOUR PART TO SLOW THE SPREAD!!! We are all responsible for one another's health and safety. An acronym I've coined throughout the pandemic is ABC– ALWAYS BE CLEAN!!! I cannot stress enough the importance of frequently washing your hands and sanitizing all surfaces. Continue to use hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays, and wipes religiously. Be sure to keep all doorknobs and handles clean and disinfected. Use your sleeve to cover any sneeze or cough you feel coming on. Minimize handshakes as well, folks. Do not use handshakes to greet or depart from one another unless necessary. Try your best to use social distancing at any opportunity...
Keeping your distance is possibly the best way to ensure you're not in immediate contact with anyone that may be infected. Lastly, if you're under the weather, PLEASE stay home.
Remember, we're in this together, and we are only as strong as our weakest link. So take care of yourselves and one another.
ALWAYS wear your mask!!