Omicron cases continue to spike in many areas of the US and hospitals are still feeling the effects of the COVID with overcrowded emergency rooms and delays in urgently needed operations. “It can just be heartbreaking,” Dr. Matt Beecroft NPR, who remembers a recent patient of his who had a heart attack. “She was scheduled for cardiac bypass,” a procedure done to improve blood flow when there is a clogged or partially blocked artery, “but that surgery was canceled.” He added: “There is no way to quantify how many Americans are now suffering serious, if not irreversible damage to their health as hospitals collapse under the weight of the ommicron strain of the coronavirus. But doctors say the consequences are far-reaching, given the number of procedures that have been delayed.” Staying healthy and trying to avoid catching the virus is imperative during this time. Eat this, not that health spoke to doctors who revealed places people should now avoid and why. Read on – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
dr. Bradley Katz, MD, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Utah Medical Center states: “People are often crammed into nightclubs, which increases the chance that someone will inhale droplets emitted by someone else that could contain the virus. Dancing in a nightclub can also be a form of exercise, so people exhale more and emit more drops. These droplets could end up on someone else.”
dr. Joseph Basile, MD, interim chairman of the emergency medicine division at Staten Island University Hospital say, “To avoid catching Omicron, try to avoid situations associated with crowded indoor spaces, such as crowded bars, sporting events, or gyms.”
dr. Anthony Faucic, the chief medical adviser to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has long warned you about bars and told Kaiser Health News That: “Bars are really problematic. I have to tell you, if you look at some of the outbreaks that we’ve seen, it’s when people go into bars, crowded bars. You know, I used to go to a bar. I always liked to sit at a bar and grab a burger and a beer. But when you’re in a bar, people lean over your shoulder to have a drink, people side by side. It’s fun because it’s social, but it’s no fun when this virus is in the air. So I’d think if there’s one thing you want to cling to, it’s going to be barren for now.”
dr. Basil says: “Given the high prevalence of Omicron coupled with the fact that many people who have Omicron may have asymptomatic or mild symptoms, it would be difficult to avoid Omicron completely.”
According to Dr. Basil, “Omicron is more contagious and spreads faster than previous COVID variants for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is that the mutations in the Omicron variant allow it to more easily bind to human cells. Another important reason is that the Omicron variant replicates in the upper respiratory tract as opposed to the lower respiratory tract in previous variants.”
dr. Basil explains: “If someone is exposed to someone with Omicron and they are okay with COVID-19 vaccinations, the CDC recommends that you don’t quarantine unless you develop symptoms and get tested at least 5 days after the day of contact . If you are not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccinations and are exposed to someone with Omicron, the CDC recommends staying home and quarantining for at least 5 days and leaving you at least 5 days from the day of contact to test.”
“You should never intentionally expose yourself to COVID,” says Dr. Basil proposes. “Even though Omicron usually leads to less severe disease than previous variants, especially in vaccinated individuals, there is still a risk of serious illness and hospitalization with Omicron.”
Follow the basics of public health and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated or fortified as soon as possible; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid large crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.