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Will The Newly-Modified COVID-19 Booster be a game changer?

COVID-19 cognition boosters that were missed the roll out, will be released in a few weeks soon.

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A few weeks from now, those who wish to receive COVID-19 boosters will be able to do so, as was recently announced by the Food and Drug Administration (via US News). The new vaccines are more effective against the omicron strain of the virus. If enough people in the United States get booster shots, experts believe the country can prevent another winter surge. Dr. Peter Marks, head of the FDA’s vaccine division, has stated that they hope better matching will result in not only a greater benefit but also a longer duration of effect.

The fact that the BA.5 variant is responsible for virtually all recent cases of COVID is the primary reason for the optimism surrounding this COVID-19 boost. Vaccines against COVID that are currently available were designed to protect against the virus as it existed in 2020, making them ineffective against the strain that is currently sweeping the globe. Similar to how annual flu vaccines evolve to target new strains of influenza, it is thought that receiving a booster shot will provide enhanced protection against COVID-19.

It’s Not Over for COVID Yet

COVID-19 is a dangerous virus that is still spreading, even though the country has passed the worst surges and many states have dropped health guidelines. Almost 500 people were dying every day by the end of July 2022. (via WebMD). Long-term symptoms after recovery from the virus (also known as “long COVID”) can affect those who have tested positive for the virus but who have not yet shown any signs of death (via American Medical Association). Long COVID typically lasts longer than four weeks. After a couple of months, some people with this condition start to feel normal again, while others may continue to struggle with their symptoms.

Long COVID can affect people of any age and severity level of previous virus exposure (via Johns Hopkins Medicine). Who is at higher risk for developing long COVID, and what causes it, remains largely unknown. Weariness, aching joints, shortness of breath, and chest pain are typical complaints of those with chronic COVID. Depression, headaches, muscle pain, cognitive issues, irregular heartbeat, and inability to focus are also being reported.

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