As much as we’d all like to put the COVID-19 pandemic in the rearview, it can’t be denied that the novel coronavirus continues to represent a clear and present danger to public health. Unbeknownst to many of the people who now regard the pandemic as over, more Americans have died of COVID-19 this year than in 2020. For this reason, all of us must remain vigilant and take a variety of precautionary measures to avoid endangering ourselves and the people around us. To this end, take care to be extra mindful of the following behaviors.
Refusing to Get Vaccinated
Refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is the worst thing you can do for both yourself and public health as a whole at the present time. If you’ve come to embrace the misinformation surrounding the novel coronavirus and the vaccines, there are several important facts you need to be aware of. First off, while the vaccines won’t give you full-blown invincibility from the virus, they will provide you with a very high level of protection against serious and fatal cases of COVID. Additionally, this isn’t meant to reflect poorly on these vaccines. Breakthrough cases are possible with virtually every virus, and COVID-19 is no exception. Secondly, while you may experience side-effects after each dose, they should be relatively minor and go away within a few days. Mind you, none of the side-effects you stand to experience are as bad as an actual case of COVID.
Most importantly, getting vaccinated not only stands to save your life, but also the lives of others. Getting your vaccine shows that you value your health and the safety of those around you. So, unless you have a medical condition that prohibits vaccination, now would be a good time to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are administered free of charge at countless pharmacies, pop-up clinics and health care facilities across the U.S., ensuring that no matter where you’re based, you should have no problem finding a place to get vaxxed.
Going Out in Public with an Active COVID Infection
If you’re currently suffering from an active COVID-19 infection, you should not be leaving your home for anything other than seeking emergency medical care. Even if you have a mild or asymptomatic case of the novel coronavirus, the people you infect may not be as lucky. As previously stated, breakthrough cases are possible for fully vaccinated individuals, so even if you’ve received your vaccine, you shouldn’t be going anywhere with an active COVID infection. Should you require non-emergency medical advice during your quarantine period, consider consulting an online doctor or your regular physician remotely.
Not Getting Tested After Potential Exposure
At the outset of the pandemic, COVID-19 tests were very difficult to come by. As a result, many people suffering from COVID around that time were unable to receive confirmation of their infections. These days, however, COVID tests are plentiful and are administered at a wide assortment of pharmacies, drive-up testing sites and medical facilities. So, if you’ve been around someone with an active infection – or even someone who’s been around someone with an active infection – you owe it to yourself and the people around you to get tested, even if you’re fully vaxxed. Getting tested won’t take up much of your time and can provide you with invaluable peace of mind.
Not Masking Up
Even though a lot of state governments and businesses are relaxing masking rules, it’s in your best interest to continue wearing a mask whenever you venture out into public. People who have been fully vaccinated can still carry and spread virus particles, so by masking up, you’re potentially saving the lives of unvaccinated individuals – in addition to protecting yourself from potential breakthrough infections.
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s inability to understand basic precautions and refusal to comply with common-sense rules has actively made things worse at every turn. However, while some people take great pride in not regarding the novel coronavirus as a serious threat, others don’t mean to place the safety of others at risk. So, if you fall into the latter category, it stands to reason that you’d want to alter any unsafe behaviors. To this end, make a point of avoiding the harmful actions discussed above.
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