Updates On Omicron Before The Evening News | Info On KN95 and N95 Face Masks

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You’re playing with dynamite’: Experts warn people to stop deliberately getting Covid to ‘get it over with’

Doctors are warning that Omicron is not a cold, and that milder cases can leave people bed-ridden, with a sore throat and heavy congestion, plus body aches and a high fever. “It’s a life-threatening disease,” said Dr Murphy.

Getting Omicron is “an experience best avoided,” said Dr Bob Wachter, the chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

The Independent (1/11/22)

The siren song of ‘mild’ Omicron has seduced us. But the reality is brutal

…from the start, Omicron has raced past our attempts to minimize it, or wish it away, because like every variant, it doesn’t care what you think. Ontario has more people in hospital with COVID than at any point of the pandemic. Hospitalizations are doubling every six or seven days. ICU occupancy is doubling every eight or nine. Both are accelerating.

Toronto Star (1/11/22)

Covid loses 90% of ability to infect within minutes in air – study

Coronavirus loses 90% of its ability to infect us within 20 minutes of becoming airborne – with most of the loss occurring within the first five minutes, the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in exhaled air suggest.

The findings re-emphasise the importance of short-range Covid transmission, with physical distancing and mask-wearing likely to be the most effective means of preventing infection. Ventilation, though still worthwhile, is likely to have a lesser impact.

The Guardian (1/11/22)

This Is the Real Danger of Omicron, Warns ER Doctor

Craig Spencer, MD, an emergency room doctor working in New York City and the director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia Medicine, wrote a Jan. 10 op-ed for The New York Times chronicling the major problems being seen amid the spread of the Omicron variant. Despite vaccines and the fact that the new variant is said to cause milder disease, the ongoing surge is still causing danger for hospitals overall, according to Spencer.

“A highly contagious variant like Omicron, even if it causes milder illness, can still risk precipitating the failure of our health care system,” he warned.

BestLife (1/11/22)

CDC Director: Covid vaccines can’t prevent transmission anymore

In a segment on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, Walensky said that while the vaccines are doing very well to protect against serious illness and death, what they cannot do anymore is stop transmission.

“Our vaccines are working exceptionally well. They continue to work well for Delta with regard to sever illness and death. They prevent it,” Walensky said.

KMOX (1/10/22)

Face Masks

This Is the Best Way To Sanitize and Reuse KN95 and N95 Masks

Buying single-use KN95 or N95 masks, which are recommended, means tracking them down (they can be hard to find in stock), making sure they aren’t counterfeit (many aren’t the real deal — here’s how to tell), and spending more money. Thankfully, a new trick for sanitizing and reusing these masks has made the rounds on social media, and experts agree that it works: the paper bag method. 

Women’s World (1/7/22)

How Long Can You Wear a KN95, N95, or KF94 Mask Before Replacing It?

If you typically wear cloth masks, you’re probably used to washing them and reusing them; for surgical mask-users, you’re (hopefully) tossing them in the trash after each use.

Respirators kind of fall in between the two options: You can reuse respirators (without washing in between uses), as long as you’re aware of your personal risk level, and you take care of the mask between uses, Cassandra M. Pierre, an infectious disease physician and medical director of public health programs at Boston Medical Center, tells Health.

Health (1/6/22)

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