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What We’ve Learned About COVID

Over the years of managing life with COVID-19, we’ve learned more and more about this dangerous virus. From different variants to its high death toll of more than 40,000 in Illinois alone, we see that COVID is nothing to play with, and the more we know about it the better. Here are some of the things we’ve learned about COVID since 2020.

The virus spreads easily

From the start of the pandemic to now, there have been countless cases of COVID-19 across the world. There have even been accounts of people being infected with the virus multiple times.

“COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch,” according to the CDC.

No one is exempt

Back on Dec. 14, 2020, Sandra Lindsay, a New York nurse, became the first person in America, outside of the clinical trials, to get vaccinated. Even if you’re fully vaccinated and boosted, you still run the risk of getting COVID. Regardless of age, gender or anything else, anyone can get the virus, especially if you have a more compromised immune system.

Studies are constantly being done on the COVID vaccines. Experts believe that the vaccine begins to lose some of its potency after approximately six months. A booster shot is recommended at that time.

Fatalities are worldwide 

According to Worldometer, to date, there have been more than six million COVID-related deaths worldwide. That’s definitely a huge number considering we only learned about the virus in late 2019 and went into lockdown in early 2020. There have even been high death tolls for those who are vaccinated. “Fifty-eight percent of coronavirus deaths in August were people who were vaccinated or boosted,” reports the Washington Post. Imagine how many more deaths there would be if countries didn’t enforce lockdowns and stay-at-home orders.

The safety tips helped

Different methods such as practicing social distancing, wearing a mask or face covering, frequently washing your hand, sanitizing high-touch surfaces and avoiding contact with those who are infected by the virus are proven ways to lessen your chances of being infected.

Isolation time matters 

At the start of the pandemic, we learned that social distancing and isolation were some of the most effective tactics used to slow the spread of COVID-19. We were told that the first 10 days of being infected are the time when you’re most contagious and can spread the virus more easily.

“The risk of spreading COVID drops significantly after day 10, including for those who have lingering symptoms,” NBC Chicago reported.

In the beginning, it was advised by the CDC that infected persons isolate, or quarantine, for 14 days after testing positive for the virus. It is now recommended that you quarantine for five days and wear a face covering when going out for an additional five days.

Symptoms vary

Though anyone is at risk of being infected, the virus affects everyone differently, with or without the vaccine. Some can have milder symptoms that are cold or flu-like while others can have more severe symptoms that lead to hospitalization. In almost all cases pre-existing conditions combined with COVID can be extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal.

Misinformation is dangerous

Seeing how dangerous the COVID-19 virus is when one becomes infected, it’s important to be spreading accurate information about the virus as well as how to combat it. Misinformation can cause avoidable things like rising case numbers to take place. Over the past few years, we’ve learned lots of new information about the COVID-19 vaccine and there is still much more to learn. Practice the proper safety measures such as wearing a mask or face covering when in close contact with others and practicing social distancing to prevent and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is looking like something we may have to live with for a while.

 

By Cierra Lemott, Junior, Columbia College Chicago

Instagram: @cece.kodak / @kodakscamera

 

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Written by Cierra Lemott

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