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Jack Pattie Show With Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, MD
9, 2022


COVID-19: Omicron as Deadly as Delta ? The BA4 & BA5 Immune Escape Variants
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USAsm discusses the increasing cases and hospitalizations in the United States. Cases are up 25% and hospitalizations are up 9, nationally. This is driven by the BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 variants. New data from Harvard and Mass. General Hospital confirms previous studies and what we have been advising since December of last year, that Omicron is just as deadly as previous variants if immunity and patient demographics are controlled for. Thus, get vaccinated and if eligible get boosted. A second booster is indicated for those over the age of 50 and who are immunocompromised or at a very high risk for COVID-19. There are even more concerning variants in South Africa, the BA.4 and BA.5 variants which appear to be immune escape variants. South Africa was felt to be 90% immune to Omicron but now are undergoing another large surge. Long COVID is also a concern with new studies showing that a severe case of COVID-19 can drop one's IQ points by 10 and up to 70% of cases of Long COVID have brain fog and cognitive difficulties. Long COVID occurs in 10% to 25% of cases of COVID-19. Vaccinations have been shown to mitigate or lessen the chances of developing Long-COVID. For now, let's keep our immunity as high as possible, wear masks on public transportation and respect the health of others, wearing a mask for them and not just ourselves. Jack Pattie Show. May 9, 2022.

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