miRcore Vaccine Advocacy Newsletter #40: May 26, 2022
In This Week's Newsletter:
- Ask A Teen: How to Stay Safe at Graduation?
- Sign up for Online Training, and Trainer Trainings
- Infographic: Mental Health and the Pandemic
- News of the Week: Current COVID-19 Mutation
- Advocacy Tasks
Ask A Teen
Question: How can I stay safe from COVID at graduation parties/throw a safe graduation party?
Answer: As the school year is coming to an end, graduation parties are starting up. Graduation parties have been, and are, a great way to celebrate your success over the past 13 years of school. It is definitely a good idea to celebrate this special moment with your friends and family, but very important to do so in a safe manner. Wearing masks is highly recommended as well as getting vaccinated. It is also recommended to have your party outdoors or in a larger, well ventilated area so that is less likely for COVID to spread. It is also recommended to remind your guests to make sure they stay home if they know they aren’t feeling well. Another thing to keep in mind is to take extra precautions for people that are elderly, have a medical condition, or others that are at a higher risk for being affected by COVID.
The coronavirus mutant that is now prevalent in the United States is an omicron family member, but scientists say it spreads faster than omicron predecessors, is adept at evading immunity, and may cause more serious disease. It combines omicron and delta properties, and it was the nation's dominant variant in the middle of last year. A genetic trait known as a "delta mutation," that traces its origins to the beginning of the pandemic, appears to allow the virus to "escape pre-existing immunity from vaccination and prior infection, especially if you were infected during the omicron wave." Lab data now suggests that a prior infection with the original omicron cannot protect you from reinfection with new mutants. Scientists are still trying to determine how dangerous these new mutants are.
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