The Austin Public Health Organization has found two new COVID-19 omicron variants in Travis County. As of Friday, the two variants, called BA.4 and BA.5, combined account for approximately 6% of COVID-19 infections in the United States.
Most of the COVID-19 infections in Travis County and the United States are still BA.2, or latent omicron, a subvariance of last winter’s primary omicron.
Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Travis County. As of Friday, the Austin Public Health Service reported 174.81 cases per 100,000 people. If that number rises to 200, the county will move from a small community on the scale of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This is a growing concern for increasing numbers and new sub-options, especially when many are traveling and reuniting with loved ones,” the doctor said. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Department, said Friday.
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What are the options BA.4 and BA.5?
The BA.4 and BA.5 omicron variants led to an increase in cases in Europe and South Africa this spring.
They appear to be more permeable to the original omicron than the original COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, with a higher delta than alpha and beta.
According to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, these new subicardium omicrons appear to avoid natural immunity in people who receive the original omicron, but the subvariants do not appear to cause more severe infections. The ECDC expects these subvariants to become the dominant strains in Europe in the coming months.
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What does it mean to move from the bottom to the middle?
The CDC updates the community coverage on a weekly basis. In Central Texas, Travis, Williamson, Hayes, Bastrop, and Burnett counties are still low. Caldwell County is moderate.
Here are the levels for you:
For people refreshed with COVID-19 vaccines:
Below: It is not necessary to take precautions when gathering, eating, and shopping.
Medium: Precautions are not required when gathering, eating, or shopping. But wear a mask when social isolation is not possible.
Top: Take precautions when eating out and shopping together.
For people at high risk:
Below: Precautions are not required when gathering, eating, or shopping.
Medium: Take precautions when eating out and shopping together.
Top: Take precautions when eating out and shopping together.
Precautions include wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and avoiding crowded situations.
Travis County has seen its rate of infection increase steadily since March 16, when it hit 30.2 cases per 100,000 people. On May 12, that number increased to 100,000 to 118 cases. On May 26, this was 169.9 cases.
The good thing about the secret omicron is that our perceptions remain controlled. As of Monday, there were 16 new admissions of COVID-19 patients, 59 people were hospitalized, seven in intensive care and two in ventilators.
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Why is society changing?
More people are gathering. Think of all the graduation parties and graduation ceremonies, as well as the Memorial and other summer events. Fewer people wear masks in public.
Also, according to health experts, each option is more contagious.
What can we do to control the spread?
“Everyone needs to be vaccinated, especially children,” Walkes said. “Masks provide an extra layer of protection for yourself and others.”
Everyone 5 and older is eligible to be vaccinated and to be vaccinated five months after the initial batch (two doses of mRNA vaccine for most people, three doses for immunocompromised individuals). Adults over the age of 50 can receive a second amplifier four months after the first amplifier.
We should stop vaccinating, the doctor said. Donald Murphy, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Central Texas, said, “COVID, it’s not just a wave. There’s no long-term immunity and the virus is changing. It’s a really serious virus. There’s more to eat.”
According to experts, vaccination helps prevent serious illness and death. The purpose of these vaccines is to prevent hospitalizations and deaths, while making our hospitals more accessible to non-COVID-19 patients.
“It’s with the flu vaccine,” Murphy said. “It doesn’t prevent the flu, but it does prevent hospitalization and death.”
It is never too late to start vaccinations or return to the vaccination schedule.
Most pharmacies have a lot of COVID-19 vaccine. Austin Public Health has a website at Old Sims Elementary Gymnasium, 1203 Springdale Road, which is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. COVID-19 vaccinations are free.
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Do I have to wear a mask?
The CDC guidelines suggest that you assess your own risk factors, such as other health concerns, who you are in your life, and their health problems and the level of community involvement.
Now at a lower level, precautions such as wearing a mask are not mandatory. If we move to the middle level, masks will be encouraged in public places and strongly recommended when social isolation is not possible.
You can get N95 masks for free from most local pharmacies or go to cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/free-masks.html to find out where to get the masks.
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Do I need a test?
If you don’t feel well, get tested, even if you think it’s an allergy. You can get free tests through the federal government. Austin Public Health still provides them on the Metz Elementary testing website.
If you have been in close contact with a person who has passed a positive test, you should be isolated for five days and re-tested on the fifth day to make sure it is negative. If you have a positive test, quarantine for five days and then wait for a negative test.
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When should children under the age of 4 be vaccinated?
This is coming soon. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to meet on June 14-15 about modern and Pfizer vaccines for young children. Then the committee of the CDC will convene.
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If approved by the FDA and the CDC, these vaccines cover all 6 months and older. Newborns acquire some immunity after vaccination during pregnancy.