According to Dr. Jennifer Weins, a health officer in Multnomah County, a COVID-19 subvariant, Omicron BA.2, is being searched.
“It’s about finding people with weakened immunity from the original Omicron wave, and finding people who haven’t been infected or haven’t encountered the COVID virus,” Vines said. “And it makes them sick-not terribly ill, it’s still most mild viruses.”
Given the confusion and discomfort caused by getting sick, the Multnomah County Health Department has recently Suggested that people consider wearing a mask In a public place. However, Vines said it is a standard public health message about reducing the risk of getting sick, rather than warning that COVID-19 is likely to spread again.
Modeling by the Oregon Health & Science University suggests that the current increase in case numbers will peak around June 10, but public health officials do not expect to respond to an increase in hospitalizations or serious illnesses. Hmm.
“We want people to get together and do what’s important to them,” Vines said.
She recommends getting the latest information on vaccines, staying home in case of illness, and wearing a mask in an indoor public space as a tool to reduce the risk of getting sick.
Vaccines have not been very effective in preventing infections because subvariants of Omicron are the main cause of the disease, Vines said. More than half – 52% – Cases reported to the Oregon Department of Health April was a groundbreaking event. That is, those who became ill were vaccinated.
However, vaccines still do a good job of preventing serious illness, Vines said. Omicron is also a milder form of illness. As a result, hospitalizations have begun to increase again in the last two weeks, but the number of patients in the respiratory or intensive care unit remains low. According to the Oregon Department of Health..
Paxrovid, a drug that has been shown to help reduce the severity of COVID-19, is also used by people with certain conditions at risk of severe illness, such as cancer, Down’s syndrome, and Down’s syndrome. It is now possible. I am pregnant.
Asked for advice to parents of infants who are not yet vaccinated, Vines emphasized her decision to “support the full range of parenting” regarding masking or not masking.
“I don’t think there’s an easy answer,” she said. “But in general, make sure parents know that it’s a mild illness for this age group. Whatever comfort they can provide in their decisions, we know it. I want to make sure that it is. “
Amelia Templeton and Lillian Mongo Hughes contributed to this story.