If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Yes, we still believe that ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to COVID. Testing after travel or large gatherings, especially those that were indoors, is still the best way to prevent an outbreak. We’ve heard of workplace outbreaks being tied to car rides, international travel, weddings, clubs, and everything in between. If you encourage your employees to test regularly after they’ve engaged in high-risk activities, you are more likely to spot COVID positive cases early on and ensure they’re not exposing others at work during their infectious period.
Not really, though travel restrictions like mask mandates or testing to return to the US after international travel have been lifted, making the logistics a bit easier if you’re planning anything in another country. Overall, though, our guidance hasn’t changed. Stick with events outdoors as much as possible. Test attendees before they travel and once they arrive. Have a solid plan for how you’ll take care of them if they do test positive at the conference, and consider singles versus shared rooms to help minimize transmission. Conferences in the warmer months tend to have slightly fewer outbreaks compared to those in the winter because of the option for outdoor and more ventilated spaces with open windows.
This is a tough question to answer, but overall we think yes - you should be communicating to your eligible employees that they should have at least one booster dose as soon as they’re able to get one. For those who are 50+ or moderately to severely immunocompromised, they should have two booster doses. While we do expect some new doses available in the fall that are slightly better tailored to Omicron, we think the communication from employers and public health agencies should be consistent - get boosted as soon as possible! The risk in the meantime is just too high to skip one now, especially for those eligible for a second booster. For those who are still on the fence about waiting for a new Omicron-specific booster, we recommend talking to your doctor to assess your personal risk.
Yes! Even extremely faint lines on a rapid COVID test mean that you’re positive for the virus and you should act accordingly. It actually takes a fair amount of virus for anything to show up at all, so if you see a faint line, it’s safe to assume that you’re infectious. If your line is incredibly faint and you can’t tell if it’s there or not, we suggest waiting 24 hours (and isolating, especially if you have symptoms!), and taking another test. Often, the first test is very faint and the next day, it’s much more visible because the virus has been replicating in your nasal passages during that time. Long story short, if you see any second line on a rapid test, you should assume it’s a true positive and self-isolate.
A monkeypox epidemic may be here. The US isn't ready for it - STAT