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Yes! While numbers are still relatively low compared to previous spikes, COVID numbers are definitely rising across the country, with certain counties seeing larger spikes. Eris has effectively the same symptoms as Omicron (it’s a subvariant), and the recommendations are still the same - keep employees out of work for five days after their symptoms first started or after they test positive if they don’t have any symptoms. We aren’t sure how big this wave will be, but we do think it’s a good idea to have managers prepared for more call-outs over the next few weeks and again in September after kids go back to school.
Source: USA Today
Yes, the new boosters are likely to work better against the latest EG.5 (Eris) variant than our previous formula, which was designed for the BA.5 variant that’s no longer dominant. EG.5 is slightly different from the XBB variants that the new booster targets but similar enough that Dr. Eric Topol, a biomedical researcher at Scripps, feels that it will protect against severe disease anyway. The reality is that each year we’ll likely have a best guess determined months beforehand, and have to hope that the virus doesn’t mutate too much between the development of the updated booster and the fall flu-and-COVID-shot season. This year, we’re pretty lucky and still recommend that everyone get boosted once the shots are available in October.
Sources: Eric Topol, Washington Post
No, there’s no evidence that vaccines played any role in Lebron James’ 18-year-old son Bronny’s recent cardiac arrest. Despite being teased by Elon Musk and on social media, there is no evidence that Bronny’s cardiac arrest had anything to do with vaccination. Sudden cardiac arrest has been the number one cause of sports-related deaths among athletes in the U.S. for years before COVID vaccines even existed. While vaccines do increase the risk in teenage boys for myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), it’s rare - in fact, it’s actually more common to get it from getting COVID than after vaccination. While we don’t know Bronny’s vaccination status, we can say with confidence that it’s very unlikely that his sudden cardiac arrest was related to COVID vaccination.
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