“The omicron variant of Covid-19 is two to three times as contagious as the delta variant, making it four to six times as contagious as the original COVID-19 virus.” -Dr. Mandy Cohen
UPDATE: Tuesday, December 22,1, 2021
Omicron is now the dominant variant of the coronavirus in the US, accounting for 73% of new infections last week, according to the CDC. Since the end of June, the delta variant had been the main version causing U.S. infections. *Health officials are urging us to wear masks indoors and to get vaccinated. https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/omicron-sweeps-across-nation-now-73-of-us-covid-19-cases
The top five early omicron symptoms reported in December 2021 include…
Fatigue (either mild or severe)
The latest data shows that omicron symptoms are predominantly cold-like symptoms — runny nose, headache, sore throat, and sneezing — so people should stay at home if sick. The early data suggests that omicron arrives with symptoms distinct from earlier variants, which caused more flu-like, initial symptoms.
COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone 5 and older. Find a Vaccine or Booster here https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines
When should you get a Covid booster?
Whether or not you’ve suffered a breakthrough case, you also need to WAIT until you’re eligible to receive the booster before getting the shot. Adults who received Pfizer or Moderna for their first round of vaccination are eligible six months after their second shot. Adults who received Johnson & Johnson are eligible two months after their first shot. For those reasons, the CDC still recommends eligible people get a booster shot, even if they’ve had a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
Do you still need a booster shot if you just had COVID?
First, you should wait to recover from all your COVID-19 symptoms, says the CDC. If you’ve tested positive for the virus, you should also wait until you meet all the requirements to end your quarantine before you seek out a booster. That means you can get a booster shot as soon as 10 days after your COVID symptoms started.
“People who have been infected should wait until after they have gotten better – and they may want to wait even longer after that – but it is suggested that they get a booster, if they are recommended for it,” said David Dowdy, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The CDC offers two reasons why you should wait before getting a booster. -If you were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a booster. -If you were diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-A or MIS-C), you should also wait 90 days and talk to your doctor. https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/do-you-still-need-a-booster-shot-if-you-just-had-covid/