I'm a Doctor and I Warn You to Avoid These Mistakes This Week

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For the last two months, COVID-19 rates have been consistently increasing worldwide. Weekly cases in the US have regularly exceeded 100,000, and some estimates put this number closer to 1 million cases per week. More contagious variants seem to be described all the time. People want to stay safe but maintain their active lifestyles. What should they be doing? Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

1

Not to Be Up to Date on Your Vaccinations and Boosters

Nurse with face mask sitting at home with senior woman and injecting covid 19 vaccine.
Nurse with face mask sitting at home with senior woman and injecting covid 19 vaccine.

Vaccinations and boosters against COVID help prevent infections against these diseases. These jabs also help decrease the spread of COVID and the likelihood of being hospitalized or having a more severe illness from COVID. 

2

Don't Be a Superspreader!

Young woman in a medical mask lies in bed.
Young woman in a medical mask lies in bed.

Statistically, it is very likely you have had COVID or will get it again. Try to minimize the damage to others if you become sick. Notify your doctor and try not to be around others until you are better. Protecting others will help everyone.

3

Don't Be Ignorant

Women with face masks down
Women with face masks down

COVID is becoming so common these days that you or someone you know may have COVID. Everyone needs to know the symptoms of COVID-19 and if they should stay home and away from others if they are sick. They should be extra careful if they or a domestic contact are considered vulnerable members of society who are at risk for worse outcomes with COVID. 

4

Don't Get a Test for COVID

Man self tests for COVID-19 home test kit.
Man self tests for COVID-19 home test kit.

Even if you are asymptomatic, in certain situations, it may be appropriate to test for COVID. If the community rates for COVID are high by CDC standards, you should understand you may be infected. Before you possibly infect others in the workplace or home, you should consider being tested. This is more important if vulnerable people are in your household or workplace. 

5

Drop Your Guard Around Your Friends and Family

Cheerful university student taking selfie with friends sitting on grass.
Cheerful university student taking selfie with friends sitting on grass.

You need to watch the people you are around for symptoms of COVID. Monitor everyone who could expose you to COVID about their symptoms. They may not even be aware they are becoming ill, especially children. Watching older adults and encouraging them to be seen quickly if they are not feeling well may be life-saving! And to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Dr. Soumi Eachempati is a former Professor of Surgery and Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College where he worked from 1998-2017. Among his many accolades, Dr. Eachempati was also the Director of both the Surgical ICU as well as Trauma at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Center. He also received an appointment in the Division of Public Health. Dr. Eachempati is a Co-Founder and CEO of Cleared4.