In these two videos Dr. Bryan Alsip answers many of the latest questions about Omicron, cloth masks, vaccines, and the ideal way to use the nasal swab in a home COVID test.
Q&A Video: Omicron Prevention & Testing
00:00 Why did the CDC shorten the time to 5 months between the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters?
00:56 Is it true that cloth masks don’t protect you from the Omicron variant, only N95s do?
02:34 With more breakthrough infections, do the COVID-19 vaccines protect us from Omicron at all?
03:18 Some people are getting a second or even third booster shot – is this a good idea?
04:17 Is it possible we will need another COVID-19 booster soon?
05:08 Some parents still have concerns about vaccinating their children against COVID-19. What do we know about safety?
06:30 Is it true that COVID-19 home tests are more accurate when you swab your throat instead of your nose?
07:32 Can you test positive for COVID-19 on a PCR test if it’s really the flu?
08:11 How long should I wait after being exposed to COVID-19 to get tested?
09:25 What if I have COVID-19 symptoms but can’t get a test?
10:58 Can I go to an emergency room to get a COVID-19 test?
Q&A Video: Omicron Infection & Treatment
00:00 How does Paxlovid, the Pfizer Covid pill, work, and when will it be available?
01:30 If someone tests positive and has no symptoms, how should they quarantine or isolate if they live with others?
02:16 Can you tell which COVID-19 variant you have from the symptoms?
03:06 How can you tell Omicron from the flu, or Omicron from seasonal allergies?
04:10 How much of a concern is “flurona” - co-infection with both COVID-19 and flu?
04:57 Can you get Omicron and Delta at the same time?
05:39 If Omicron is milder, shouldn’t we just get it and get it over with?
06:47 Do we expect this wave to be different from the last three?