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Pritzker COVID Update, 2nd Booster Shot Eligibility – NBC Chicago

Changes are being made to Illinois’ COVID requirements following a recent announcement from Governor JB Pritzker.

The change comes as health officials urge those who are eligible for a second COVID booster to get them as soon as possible.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

COVID Mandates: Here Are Governor Pritzker’s Changes to State Policies

Saying Illinois is “moving towards life with” the coronavirus, Governor JB Pritzker announced a series of changes to state protocols for colleges, medical facilities and more.

This list of changes includes the elimination of vaccination mandates, changes to COVID testing policies for unvaccinated employees, and several other rule changes enacted during the pandemic.

Learn more here.

Second COVID Booster Eligibility: What to Know with BA.5 on the Rise

As new, highly transmissible omicron subvariants spread across the United States, in some cases evading immunity from previous infections, many are wondering if they are eligible for a second COVID booster and, if so, when ?

Currently, not everyone is eligible for a second booster, but experts are urging those who need to get it now.

So who is eligible for which shots and what do we know what lies ahead?

Here is the latest.

Which COVID symptoms are most associated with the new variants?

The fastest-spreading subvariants of COVID-19 to date, the latest two versions of omicron seem to evade protection from vaccines and previous infections more easily than any before.

With new COVID variants and subvariants behind many positive cases in Chicago and other parts of the country, many are wondering if the symptoms are changing with the new variants as many are beginning to experience them.

Currently, the highly contagious BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants account for most of the cases reported this summer.

According to Chicago’s Top Physician, these subvariants caused more upper respiratory, cold, and flu symptoms, including fever, night sweats, and sore throat. Some, but not all, patients again experience loss of taste and smell.

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Novavax COVID vaccine: What makes it different, when shots might start

Americans may soon get a new COVID-19 vaccine option — shots done with more proven technology than current versions.

Novavax received Food and Drug Administration approval for its COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

It’s late in the pandemic for a new choice, but the company hopes to find a niche among some of the millions of unvaccinated people who could accept a more traditional type of vaccine – a protein vaccine – and also become a first choice for boosters. , whichever type people got first. Only about half of vaccinated adults received a booster.

So what exactly is Novavax and what should you know about the vaccine? Here is a breakdown.

Why do new COVID variants bring more symptoms? Chicago’s top doctor explains

As more people across the United States contract the highly contagious BA.4 and BA.5 COVID-19 subvariants, doctors are warning of additional new symptoms related to the virus.

According to Chicago’s Top Physician, BA.4 and BA.5 caused more upper respiratory, cold, and flu symptoms, including fever, night sweats, and sore throat. Some, but not all, patients again experience loss of taste and smell.

Some doctors and researchers believe that because these new variants spread so quickly, they more often impact mucosal immunity as opposed to longer-lasting immunity, explained Dr. Allison Arwady of the Chicago Department of Public Health. .

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What COVID variants are currently spreading in the United States? Here’s what’s being tracked right now

From omicron to BA.2 to BA.5 to BA.2.75, the list of COVID variants and subvariants continues to grow, but with newer versions that top the others, which are still around and spreading to United States ?

Here is a list of the most common omicron subvariants that are currently spreading, according to the CDC, and information about where they come from, what threats they pose, and what those numbers mean.

The first thing to do after being diagnosed with COVID, according to Chicago’s Top Doc

As two more contagious omicron subvariants take hold in the United States, you may be wondering what steps to take if you test positive for COVID-19.

With several new omicron subvariants spreading, Chicago’s top doctor is offering advice to residents in case they test positive for COVID-19.

Speaking at her weekly “Ask Arwady” session, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady offered her advice to residents who may test positive for COVID in the weeks and months to come, including the very first thing they should do after this diagnosis.

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How are COVID symptoms evolving with new variants? Here’s What Chicago’s Top Doctor Says

The rapidly evolving coronavirus has spawned another super-contagious omicron mutant that is worrying scientists as it gains traction in India and pops up in many other countries, including the United States.

As the highly contagious BA.4 and BA.5 COVID-19 subvariants sweep across the United States, some people are seeing new signs and symptoms surrounding the virus.

However, the new variants do not offer a major change in symptoms, but Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during a Facebook Live event on Tuesday that doctors were seeing additional signs.

“Nothing really different I would say, just more symptoms. It’s a more virulent infection,” Arwady said.

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Latest information on the super contagious sub-variant of Omicron BA.5

A highly transmissible mutation of the omicron COVID variant known as BA.5 is causing global concern as it continues to gain traction in several countries, triggering new waves of cases and, in some cases, hospitalizations .

Rising case rates, though measurements remain uncertain due to the availability of home COVID testing, have triggered warnings and renewed calls for masking in some places.

So what’s in the new variant that makes it particularly concerning and what should you watch out for?

Here’s what we know so far.

COVID exposure guidelines: Here’s how long to quarantine after close contact, test positive

As new infectious subvariants of COVID-19 invade the United States, how long should you quarantine yourself if you have been exposed to the virus or tested positive?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone who comes into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID should be quarantined, if they are not up to date on their vaccinations.

Learn more here.

Early Symptoms of COVID: How to Recognize When the Virus Appears

After recent declines in COVID cases, several omicron subvariants are making significant gains in the United States, with some studies indicating they could potentially do a better job of evading existing vaccines and immunity.

According to the latest updates from the CDC, the BA.5 lineage of the omicron variant is now the most prevalent strain of the virus in the United States, responsible for nearly 54% of cases.

With these case trends, many people are curious about what symptoms typically appear first with a COVID infection and how quickly those symptoms can appear.

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