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COVID-19 cases rising ahead of winter. Here’s how to stay safe

Coronavirus cases are climbing across the country. How do you stay safe this winter?

COVID-19 testing in Utah.
COVID-19 testing is performed for two individuals at the Mount Olympus Senior Center parking lot in Millcreek on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Coronavirus cases are ticking upward nationally again ahead of another winter season, encouraging experts to offer safety tips for the American population.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Coronavirus cases are ticking upward nationally again ahead of another winter season, encouraging experts to offer safety tips for the American population.

Dr. Leana Wen, professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, recently told CNN that the upcoming winter won’t have a major surge like 2020 because coronavirus vaccines are protecting millions of people.

However, Wen said anyone who isn’t vaccinated should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Anyone eligible for a booster shot should grab their jabs, too.

Wen suggested people pick up some standard items to stay safe, including:

  • Thermometer.
  • Acetaminophen.
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Rehydrating solutions (like Pedialyte).
  • High-quality masks (N95, KN95, KF94).
  • Rapid COVID19 tests.

The coronavirus pandemic is still raging into the fall and winter months. This is slightly due to the delta variant, which has proven to be more transmissible than other variants of the virus, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Experts also expressed concern that COVID-19 will change your daily life this winter. Not only will you have to worry about the annual flu outbreaks, but there will be concern for the coronavirus, too.

There are ongoing coronavirus spikes in Europe, too, which experts deem as a possible warning for what could happen next in the United States.

Wen agreed.

  • Wen said: “Covid-19 is not quite done with us yet.”
  • “We are at a much better place than we were last year, thanks to the vaccine, but we are not out the woods yet.”
  • But, she added, “there is a lot that we can resume doing to try to get back to normalcy. Consider making a list of all the things that you want to do. Go through the list and see how many things can actually be done now, with improved safety.”