Omicron Surge is Over, but What’s Next?

The most recent long winter of the COVID-19 pandemic is finally starting to melt. In that snow, a reflection of sunlight shines, melting and washing away many of the worries the world has endured the past two years.

While Covid is still here, mostly gone are the days in the United States wondering if you can get a hospital bed. Several states are removing their mask mandates in public, even in schools. Indeed, the omicron surge is over, but what’s next?

The omicron surge is over, but what’s next?

That remains to be seen. However, recent reports from the World Health Organization concluded that while omicron is subsiding in some countries, the high infection rate across the globe will more than likely lead to new variants as the virus mutates.

That’s because high transmission levels give the virus more chances to multiply and mutate. We’ve seen this already when the delta variant mutated into the omicron variant, and so on.

Does this mean I need to wear a mask still?

The jury is still out on that, as it seems most public health officials say you can put it away for now if you should choose to do so.

However, it’s probably a good idea to err on the side of caution. Experts say that even though omicron is subsiding, mutations could soon be on the rise. So, until we know more, use common sense in your decision to wear a mask or not. For instance, if you have an underlying health condition and are going to a crowded public event, it might be a good idea to wear a mask.

Wearing a mask might seem like a pain, so much so that it has unfortunately turned political. Our information is NOT meant to be political or to try to convince you to wear or not wear a mask. The information we provide is for the benefit of the local community and is obviously at the discretion of the reader.

Wearing a mask, when not mandated is a personal choice. If you see others wearing a mask, remember they or a loved one at home may have an underlying condition that compels them to take extra precautions. Golden Rule, treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

Should I get vaccinated?

It’s always recommended to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the virus is to spread. Vaccinated people are also less likely to die from COVID-19. They are less likely to need to go to the hospital, too.

And yes, while more and more hospital beds are freeing, there is still a strain on hospitals to care for patients in general. Getting vaccinated will help to ease the hardship on hospitals and hospital workers.

You can get vaccinated at most pharmacies, and there is no charge for the vaccine.

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