Alabama NewsCenter — A COVID-19 refresher for Alabama as cases, variants continue to spread1 min read
By Adam Pope
New cases and variants of COVID-19 continue to affect people across the world, and knowing how to protect yourself and others in the event of an exposure can be confusing.
University of Alabama at Birmingham Infectious Diseases experts are providing guidance and measures to help limit the spread.
“We are clearly still in the middle of the omicron BA.5 surge, but the good news is that vaccination using the currently available vaccines seems to be preventing the upswing in deaths and hospitalizations that usually accompany a new variant surge,” said Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Heersink School of Medicine. “It’s still not fun to get, and we don’t know what the risk of long COVID is going to be with this in vaccinated people. But it’s incredibly contagious, with many who’ve avoided COVID the whole pandemic finally falling prey to it.”
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