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From: John Coffey
On Monday someone attended the Greenwood Chess Club who was symptomatic and later tested positive for COVID-19. If you attended the chess club on Monday, I suggest taking an in-home test. I tested myself and the test came out negative. However, I quarantined this week just in case.
You can get free tests from the government. They take several weeks to get delivered. https://www.covid.gov/tests
Drug stores also sell COVID-19 tests.
I feel like I should not have to say this again, but please do not come to the Greenwood Chess Club if you are feeling sick or if you have symptoms.
There is much misinformation being spread about COVID, so I will address some of these issues here:
1. The pandemic is over.
It used to be that measles was the most infectious disease on record, but the Omicron variant has surpassed measles. In early November of last year, we had barely heard of the Omicron variant, but by late January of this year, it had caused a major surge in the United States.
2. Cloth masks don't work.
People who attack mask usage always say that cloth masks don't work, which is true. However, they ignore that other types of masks are at least partially effective at preventing the spread of COVID.
"Wearing an N95/KN95 respirator (aOR = 0.17; 95% CI = 0.05–0.64) or wearing a surgical mask (aOR = 0.34; 95% CI = 0.13–0.90) was associated with lower adjusted odds of a positive test result compared with not wearing a mask (Table 3). Wearing a cloth mask (aOR = 0.44; 95% CI = 0.17–1.17) was associated with lower adjusted odds of a positive test compared with never wearing a face covering but was not statistically significant."
3. Vaccines don't prevent the spread of COVID.
As the virus has evolved, it reportedly has been more likely to have a vaccine breakthrough infection.
"Raw data shows the risk of breakthrough cases is very small for vaccinated people, potentially 1 in 5,000.
Additionally, the risk of being hospitalized from COVID-19 after vaccination is extremely small, at about 5 in 100,000.
A new study found people who were not vaccinated were five times as likely to get COVID-19 compared to people who were fully vaccinated."
"COVID 19 vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying."
"Booster Shots of COVID-19 Vaccines Effective Against Omicron Subvariant"
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The subvariant of Omicron known as BA.5 is now dominant, according to federal estimates released Tuesday, and together with BA.4, another subvariant, it is fueling an outbreak of cases and hospitalizations.
"I think there's an underappreciation of what it's going to do to the country, and it already is exerting its effect," said Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research, who has written about the subvariant.
BA.5 and BA.4, both subvariants of the Omicron variant that swept the world during the winter, are the most capable versions of the virus yet at evading immunity from previous infections and vaccines. Both variants have mutations in their spike proteins that are different enough from earlier versions of the virus that they are able to dodge some antibodies.
Waves of infection — and the subsequent immunity that comes with them — vary across countries and make for imperfect comparisons. Vaccination rates also vary. But in places where BA.4 and BA.5 have been dominant for weeks or months, the subvariants have caused increases in cases and hospitalizations, despite some population immunity from previous waves
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Dunn said hospitals in Utah have been "stable" until this week. The state dashboard reports a 27.3% increase in the seven-day average of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and a 35.3% jump in seven-day average cases in the ICU.
"The silver lining in this increase is that it's definitely not as steep," she said. "It's happening at a slower pace."
Dunn said the increase in cases could be from new Omicron subvariants and vaccination/booster shot immunity wearing off.
"We're starting to see that increase and with that, an increase in positivity," said Dunn. "So we're now seeing 25% to 30% positivity."
She said current positivity rates mirror similar peaks seen in early 2021 and beyond.
"The people-over-people method is up 625% since April 2," she explained. "The testing-over-testing method is up 850%."
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