Reliable information is your best defense against the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Emphasis on reliable. Millions of people in the U.S. are likely to contract the wildly contagious variant in the coming months. But there are things you can do prevent infection and to keep yourself from spreading the variant to others.
For starters quit relying on Dr. Facebook and Dr. Twitter for information about the variant. Despite what he may think, your uncle Ralph does not know more about global pandemics than does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ask yourself if the information you’re reading about Omicron comes from a reliable news source, or a qualified professional. There’s so many conspiracy theories floating about and so much disinformation that it’s important to make sure the news you’re consuming is reliable.
And get fully vaccinated. Three pokes. Given the highly-infectious nature of Omicron, you may take all the common sense precautions and still contract the variant. But the symptoms will be milder and for most fully-vaccinated people, the odds of dying are substantially reduced if you’re fully vaccinated.
And if you should contract the virus, quarantine. Think back to the before times and how nobody liked the co-worker who came into the office while sick.
The next few months are gonna be rough. Let’s use common sense and not make matters worse.
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