The COVID pandemic has been long and arduous. For two years, we have weathered the uncertainties exhibited by this new, highly transmissible virus. We’ve also learned much over that two-year period and expect to learn much more in coming months and years.
At the outset, everyone needs to understand that the genetic shift or changes occurring in the genetic structure of the COVID virus are much more rapid than with other viruses we’ve experienced such as the flu.
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However, there is no doubt a degree of “masking exhaustion.” For those with high risk (e.g., over the age of 60, history of immune disorders or cancer, chronic heart disease and other chronic ailments) – “caution in the face of exhaustion” is the best path forward. For all others, consider those you are with and who surround you.
Use your judgement. In fact, it is best if everyone has had at least their two basic COVID vaccinations and two boosters. This has been shown to clearly have the greatest impact on reducing the potential downside of both acute and debilitating infections.
Finally, we should all be aware that the risks of infection include not only the short-term illness, but also the possibility of Long COVID, a condition that is still not well understood and represents a growing concern.
Do not underestimate the potential of Long COVID problems. There is an array of symptoms involving cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological and (potentially) other long-term effects like: brain fog, cough, difficulty breathing, chest pain, anxiety, depression and other problems.
This is not intended to create anxiety or to force changes in your approach toward managing your health. It is intended to provide you with the latest information so that you can make the best decisions for yourself and those around you.
NEAC COVID Response Team in consultation with public health experts