COVID-19 Facts

COVID-19 is the respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If infected, a person may experience some, all, or none of the following symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In severe cases, COVID-19 can lead to serious illness, and even death.

If you test positive, recovery can likely be spent at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6775rnLdAk


Quarantine

If you were exposed

Quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Isolate

If you are sick or test positive

Isolate when you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.


COVID Prevention

COVID-19 is spread through droplets from talking, breathing, and coughing from an infected person. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, there are a few steps we can all take:

– Wear a mask in public spaces.

– Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others.

– Avoid crowds.

– Stay home when you believe you may be sick.

– Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

– Get vaccinated and boosted!


COVID Vaccines

Bivalent Boosters: What does that mean?

A lot has changed since the pandemic began. We have learned that SARS-CoV-2 has gone through many mutations. This means that the virus we find in most cases today is not an exact copy of the one that emerged back in December 2019. Some mutations can be more resistant to vaccines. The CDC has been monitoring and classifying each new COVID-19 variant, common ones being Omicron and Delta. As of December 2022, the CDC estimates that the Omicron variant makes up about 98% of all cases. Because this virus replicates and mutates frequently, we must update our vaccines. That is why we are being introduced to the new bivalent booster.

The COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect against the original strain of the virus from 2-3 years ago is considered “monovalent.” It ensures a safe way to build immunity while also preventing serious health complications if you were to be infected with Omicron or any other strain of the disease. This year, Pfizer and Moderna have developed these bivalent boosters to target both the original strain and the newer, more prevalent strains of COVID-19. 

Per the (CDC, 2022), Children ages 6 months through 5 years who previously completed a Moderna primary series can now receive a Moderna bivalent booster 2 months after their final primary series dose. Children ages 6 months through 4 years who are completing a Pfizer primary series will receive a Pfizer bivalent vaccine as their third primary dose. Go to vaccines.gov to find a vaccination location near you and to schedule your COVID-19 (and Flu) vaccination. Protect yourself and your community.

Step Up Vax Up encourages you to stay up-to-date with immunization information by visiting the recommended sites listed on our website. 

COVID-19 vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and death when people become infected with COVID-19.

Everyone five years and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.

There are three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. (Pfizer and Moderna preferred)

As of March 10th, over 216,000,000 American’s are fully vaccinated, that’s more than 65% of the population!

Everyone ages 18 years and older are recommended to receive a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines 5 months after their second shot of their original vaccination series.

Recent data suggest COVID-19 vaccines become less effective at preventing infection or severe illness over time, especially for people ages 65 years and older. This is why booster shots are recommended for people ages 12 years and older who have completed their primary vaccination series.

After vaccination, there may be pain, redness, and swelling near the site of injection and you may feel tired, have a headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea, but these should resolve on their own in a few days.

To find vaccines and boosters near you, go to https://www.vaccines.gov

Additional Facts

– As of June 2022, the FDA has approved the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine for children as young as six months to get vaccinated. (https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-moderna-and-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccines-children)

– New research published in May 2020 indicates that booster vaccines provide more protection against the Omicron virus when compared to those who are only fully vaccinated. (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccine-effectiveness)

– Covid vaccines are safe, with almost 600 million doses registered in the United States alone. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html)

– Booster shots are interchangeable, meaning people over 18 can receive either a Pfizer or Moderna booster regardless of the type of their initial vaccine. Those under 18 can only receive a Pfizer booster. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html)

– Covid vaccines are free of charge to those eligible to get vaccinated. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/no-cost.html)

– Covid vaccines are safe and effective for pregnant people and can even spread passive immunity to newborn children, providing an extra layer of protection to the young. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnant-people.html)

– Even those who have had COVID-19 benefit from getting vaccinated or booster, lowering reinfection rates. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html)

– Covid vaccinations offer a more stable and reliable immunity than COVID-19 infections, which can vary depending on factors like the length and severity of the disease. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html)

– The methodology behind the Covid vaccines (mRNA) has been researched for decades. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mRNA.html)

– To find out where you can get vaccinated or boosted, use vaccines.gov for up-to-date information on your closest providers. (https://www.vaccines.gov/search/)

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