Test and/or Treat (fast treatment)
The new nationwide Test to Treat initiative provides quick access to free treatment for COVID-19. Through this program, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription from a health care provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location.
These “One-Stop Test to Treat” sites are available at hundreds of locations nationwide, including pharmacy-based clinics, federally qualified health centers, and long-term care facilities.
People can continue to be tested and treated by their own health care providers who can appropriately prescribe these oral antivirals at locations where the medicines are distributed.
A call center 1-800-232-0233 is available every day from 8:00 am to midnight ET to get help in more than 150 other languages.
The Disability Information and Access Line is available to help people with disabilities access services. Call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm ET or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.
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COVID-19 Vaccine 2nd Boosters (4/22)
As the country emerges from the Omicron surge—and we experience low COVID-19 Community levels in most parts of the country—CDC has updated its COVID-19 vaccination guidance to give some people the option to get a second mRNA COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
You can now receive a second booster dose if you:
==All vaccinated persons who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine as both your primary and booster dose at least four months ago*
==Are ages 50 years and older and received any booster dose at least four months ago
==Are moderately or severely immunocompromised, ages 12 years and older, and received any booster dose at least four months ago
* A recent CDC study found that adults who received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary dose and booster dose had lower levels of protection against COVID-19-associated hospitalizations, as well as emergency department and urgent care visits, during Omicron compared to adults who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. As such, they may benefit from an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster dose and are now eligible to receive one.
It is recommended that all people over the age of 65 get the 2nd Booster (4th vaccine) if its been four months since your first one.
Wearing a Mask, to Protect Yourself and Others
Masking is a critical public health tool and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask.
Wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
Wearing a well-fitted mask along with vaccination, self-testing, and physical distancing, helps protect you and others by reducing the chance of spreading COVID-19.
===At this time Colorado is at the “LOW” Level of Community spread (4/1/22). CDC Recommendations: “Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk”===
Find free masks (N95 respirators) at a participating location near you.
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Or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489)
When to use a respirator
A respirator has better filtration, and if worn properly the whole time it is in use, can provide a higher level of protection than a cloth or procedural mask. A mask or respirator will be less effective if it fits poorly or if you wear it improperly or take it off frequently. Individuals may consider the situation and other factors when choosing a mask or respirator that offers greater protection.
When to chose a respirator:
==When caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19.
==If you are at increased risk for severe illness, for example, people who are immunocompromised, older adults, and people with certain underlying medical conditions.
==When working at a job where you interact with large numbers of the public, especially when not everyone is consistently wearing a mask. For example, bus drivers and grocery store workers. — When riding on planes, buses, trains, or other forms of public transportation*, especially if it is for a long period of time on crowded conveyances.
==When physical distancing is not possible or when you are in crowded indoor or outdoor public settings.
Ages 6 months to 2 years == The Moderna 1/4 adult dose has passed the studies 3/23/22; no kids got hospitalized; and no adverse events. 44% effective in preventing symptomatic infection. It has officially applied for emergency use approval. Next month Pfizer will have their data, and also seek approval.
The BA.2 subvariant of Omicron began at the end of January. As of March 12, it made up 22.3% of the cases. In ten days, it increased (March 23) to 35%. And, as of 4/4/22 it was making up 72.2% of all cases. See new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The resurgence started in Asia and Europe. The Chinese government has once again done some severe isolation mandates. The BA.2 seems to be the fasting spreading variant, but resulting in milder cases, with possible same long-lasting problems.