How to Prevent Getting Omicron Variant 2022
According to WHO, BA.2 now represents nearly 94% of all sequenced cases and is more transmissible than its siblings, but the evidence so far suggests it is no more likely to cause severe disease. Only a few dozen cases of BA.4 and BA.5 (Omicron sub-variants) have been reported to the global GISAID database.Tatiana Prowell, MD, an associate professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who has treated people with COVID-19, has tweeted some simple advice on how to avoid contracting Omicron. Read on to find out more.
Prowell tweeted: "The American public needs a clear message. It does not appear to be coming, so here's my best attempt. If you are able to, you should: STAY HOME, STARTING NOW."
Prowell also quoted a tweet, adding the simple message "Do this:" "My two cent suggestion, if possible, shut as much as your life down as possible until the end of January. The next 5-6 weeks are going to be nasty AF as far as navigating this pandemic. Obviously this is not possible for everyone, but if you can do it, I highly recommend it."
Acknowledging that this isn't possible for people who have to work in public, the doctor added, "The more people who can stay home choose to do it, the safer it is for everyone who has to work in person."
In recent weeks, many health experts have advised that because Omicron is so contagious, cloth masks are no longer sufficient protection. Like Prowell, they have advised upgrading to high-quality masks like N95s and KN95s, with three-ply surgical masks as a next-best option.
But it's a good idea to reduce inessential public outings, and reduce or adjust your shopping habits for essentials like groceries. "We have started doing grocery delivery or contactless pickup again in the last week," tweeted Prowell. "I am personally not seeing any friends indoors because I am aware of way too many outbreaks even in #vaxxed & #boosted groups that tried to be careful."