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ATTENTION: COVID Update!!!

By:  Marjaé Barrett | April 26th, 2022

Hey, guys! So, I don’t know if you heard, but sadly we are still in the middle of a pandemic. I know, I know. Nothing new, right? Wrong! Many things have changed over the course of the years, months even; and we are here to provide you with a brief update to keep you and your family safe during this ongoing pandemic. In this blog, we will focus on new variants, signs and symptoms, and CDC regulation updates. Most importantly, we will cover how to keep you and your loved ones safe during this sector of the pandemic.

Trends in Cases

Before we jump into it, let's take a look at COVID trends this year. In the last few months, we have seen an overall increase in covid cases around the world. Looking at cases in the US, the biggest jump was noted between early January to mid-February before leveling out to a slight incline through April. In comparison to other countries, the United States has observed the most cases by far, with India in second place. As of April 6, 2022, cases found in the US averaged 26,411 cases and 524 deaths daily. This number is insanely high compared to other countries. India was noted to have 1,074 cases, 57 deaths as a daily average. So, what's going on in our country and why are our cases so high?

New COVID-19 Variant

Though we have made great strides in the battle against COVID-19 over the years, it remains heavily among us. More recently, scientists discovered a new variant they are calling BA.2 Omicron. With each new variant, comes plenty of questions such as: Will it be worse than the last? Will the vaccines still work? How can we stay safe? No need to fear! We are here to address your concerns about COVID-19 and the course of the pandemic.

Public health experts worry that BA.2 Omicron will cause yet another surge in cases in the US. Though this variant is not said to be more severe, it is said to be more transmittable and affects 2.5 times as many hosts as the Delta variant that caused surges in Dec. 2021. This poses a huge threat not only to the public, but in healthcare systems. Some may wonder if they can get reinfected with this new variant. While it is possible for everyone to become reinfected with COVID, the good news is, if you recently had omicron (within 90 days), you are less likely to get infected by the new variant. Antibodies may still be present in your body to fight off the virus entirely or at least cause a milder case. Getting booster vaccines for COVID-19, has also proven to lessen the effects and even prevent the virus entirely.

Unfortunately, healthcare experts can agree that this is not the last variant that we will be seeing. There are more sibling variants that have been discovered but are yet to really spread. In the meantime, it is extremely important to follow CDC guidelines and get evaluated for covid to ensure you and the ones close to you are not affected by the virus. No one is safe from COVID, until everyone is safe! Get tested now! We offer saliva PCR tests at SDxLabs on the North Shore with results in up to 48 hours. Visit our website to book your COVID test with us now.

Regulations and Recommendations

Even with more people getting vaccinated, we are still at high risk for COVID and need patrons to remain vigilant and practice health precautions such as washing hands regularly and wearing a mask when appropriate. Below I have listed regulations and recommendations based on the CDC’s guidelines. Practice these safety protocols to protect you and the ones you love from COVID-19.

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, it is still recommended that you quarantine for at least 5 daysafter. If you have been in close contact with someone who is infected, get your COVID test with ease at SDxLabs. 

  • If you are sick or test positive for COVID, please keep those around you safe by isolating yourself from others. Furthermore, if you test positive, stay home even if you don’t have symptoms. 

  • If you are not vaccinated and have been exposed to COVID, it is even more important that you quarantine, wear a mask if you must be around people, and avoid travel entirely.

  • Wearing a mask when in close proximity to others will help stop the spread of COVID.

  • Avoid being in close proximity to those that are at higher risk of COVID-19.

  • Know and watch for symptoms of COVID to develop.

  • Even if you do not develop symptoms after exposure to coronavirus, get tested just to be sure! Visit us at SDxLabs to have your testing needs met! An early positive test will help the individual to isolate and reduce the chance of infecting others. 

The list provided is just a few of many recommendations and regulations put in place to keep you safe during the pandemic and to help stop the spread of COVID. Take a further look at them here on the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

Visit SDxLabs to get accurate PCR Covid testing near you.  

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Traveling Tips

Are you planning to travel soon? I’m here to remind you to make the safety of you and your loved ones top priority. Based on CDC’s guidelines, here are some requirements to consider when arranging your trip. Keep in mind, travel recommendations may vary slightly based on transportation and destination – visit the CDC's website for updates.

Follow guidelines specified to your travel destination. Get tested for COVID-19 before and after your trip for optimal safety. This way if you do test positive upon return, you have an idea of where the disease was contracted and how it may have spread.

Before you travel:

  • Some places host a higher risk for COVID exposure, consider travel recommendations in the area you are visiting.
  • We encourage you to learn about travel guidelines in your destination so you can be prepared before traveling.
  • If you have recently been exposed to COVID, it is recommended that you wait 5-10 days to travel after exposure.
  • It is recommended that you wear a well-fitting mask when you are near others during the duration of your travel.

Do not travel if:

  • You recently tested positive for COVID
  • You are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • You are not fully vaccinated
  • You are waiting for COVID-19 Test results
  • You had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine.

If you were not recommended to quarantine after close contact with someone who has COVID-19, make sure you are not experiencing symptoms and receive a negative test result for COVID before travel.

Please consider these guidelines when traveling during the pandemic; it is of the utmost importance to keep you and those around you healthy. If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, our lab is at your service! Come on down to 1501 Preble Ave and visit us at SDxLabs for your next COVID-19 test!

Signs and Symptoms: Could it be Allergies?

As the warmer months roll back around, it’s no secret that pollen is in the air. One question we often come across is, “How do I know if what I am experiencing is seasonal allergies or COVID-19?” While symptoms may be similar, there are a few major ones to look out for when determining if your stuffy nose is more than just annoying allergies. Please note that symptoms of COVID may appear between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Here are COVID symptoms to look out for:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Adults and those with severe underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.
  • 10-30% of people go on to experience long-term covid such as brain fog, extreme fatigue, and neural problems. 

Visit SDxLabs to get accurate PCR Covid testing near you.  

It is true that seasonal allergies may cause many of the same symptoms as COVID.

However, there are a few dead giveaways that roll out allergies as the cause for you being sick.
Coronavirus symptoms that differ from allergies include:

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

So, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is safe to assume seasonal allergies are not the cause. To aid in the fight against COVID, please visit SDxLabs or one of our partnering locations for a Saliva PCR test if any of these listed symptoms may arise.

 

I hope this blog answered all your questions in regard to recent updates on COVID in our nation. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry! If you or someone you know suspect they have been exposed to COVID, do not hesitate to get tested! Catching the virus in the early stages helps to prevent the spread to others. If you need assistance finding a testing location near you, our Solv testing locator is always here to help!

We all would like to put an end to this pandemic. Please join us in the fight against COVID-19 – choose SDxLabs to have all of your COVID testing needs met!

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