I’ve by no means had COVID-19. Does this imply I am within the clear? How do I proceed avoiding it?

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We’re now greater than two years into the pandemic.Regardless of some state well being authorities suggesting everybody will contract COVID-19 and reviews of individuals catching the virus twice, there’s nonetheless lots of Australians who’ve by no means examined constructive. What number of Australians have by no means caught COVID-19?That is unattainable to know for positive, as a result of some folks could have had the virus however weren’t examined on the time, more than likely as a result of they did not present signs.  And not using a constructive take a look at end result, that type of case wouldn’t be counted. And now that fast antigen checks (RATs) are being often used, official numbers depend on folks self-reporting their constructive outcomes.The knowledge we have now solely consists of confirmed circumstances reported to state and territory well being authorities. Learn our full protection of the coronavirus pandemicAs of Monday, greater than 7.3 million confirmed COVID-19 circumstances had been recorded in Australia all through the whole pandemic.  That is not a small quantity.However when you think about that it consists of repeat infections and examine it to Australia’s estimated inhabitants of greater than 25.8 million folks, it is secure to say there are nonetheless fairly a couple of Aussies who haven’t had the virus. How can I keep away from it now restrictions have been totally relaxed?Masks mandates and even quarantine for shut contacts have been achieved away with in most Australian jurisdictions.However whereas we’re in a special section of the pandemic, College of Sydney an infection management skilled Marilyn Cruickshank says the methods we will shield ourselves haven’t modified. “It is nonetheless the identical strategies we had beforehand – social distancing, carrying a  masks and good hand hygiene — actually are the ways in which we will finest keep away from it,” Professor Cruickshank mentioned. What masks ought to I be carrying?An N95 or P2 masks, if you may get them. Professor Cruickshank mentioned they’re the top-tier masks for one thing as transmissible by way of airborne particles as the Omicron variant. Then comes surgical masks and, on the backside of the rating, selfmade material masks. “Fabric is best than nothing,” she mentioned.  Out of all of the masks you’ll be able to put on, N95 or P2 masks are the very best for safeguarding your self. (Provided: 3m.com.au)Which locations ought to I be avoiding?The issue is that, as a result of COVID-19 has develop into so widespread, locations we will not actually keep away from may also be fairly dangerous. Professor Cruickshank mentioned it was extremely seemingly that, in the event you do get COVID-19, you may catch it from somebody you reside with. “The most important drawback is when family members develop into contaminated,” she mentioned. “You possibly can’t be carrying masks and social distancing in your own home.”And it is not like you’ll be able to keep away from your individual residence. Learn extra in regards to the unfold of COVID-19:Professor Cruickshank mentioned a COVID-19 case may isolate themselves as soon as they take a look at constructive “however, beforehand, you don’t know” and that was when transmission may occur. She additionally mentioned social occasions corresponding to weddings and birthday events may very well be high-transmission occasions, even when folks had been cautious, as a result of individuals are typically taking their masks off to eat and drink. COVID-19 spreads most simply in poorly ventilated indoor areas, so avoid these locations the place you’ll be able to. Are there subtler methods to be secure?In case your mates or household have already had COVID-19, they is perhaps extra relaxed about safety measures. However there are nonetheless a couple of issues you are able to do in a gaggle setting to assist cut back COVID dangers for your self and others.Professor Cruickshank mentioned heading outdoor was your finest wager.She prompt sitting outdoors whenever you exit to a restaurant and internet hosting occasions within the yard when folks come over to your home.   To cut back the danger of transmission when catching up with family and friends, go for alfresco eating. (Provided: Adobe Inventory/Mirko Vitali)Put on a masks if you cannot socially distance and take into consideration airflow whenever you’re indoors.Open the home windows and doorways to let as a lot contemporary air in as attainable, however contemplate how the air filters out. Should you’re working a wall unit air conditioner — for heating or cooling — the World Well being Group says to open the home windows for a couple of minutes each hour as a result of the unit will most likely be simply recirculating the air round.The identical goes for followers. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to preserve a room shut up with a central air con system if it is switched to a setting that introduces extra outside air into the room. Additionally, in the event you’re in a automobile, use the air con setting that brings in outside air. If I’ve dodged the virus to this point, am I within the clear?Presumably, however don’t depend on it. “Theoretically, there may very well be individuals who will not get it,” Professor Cruickshank mentioned. Whereas there have been circumstances the place individuals who have lived in the identical properties as folks with COVID-19 and did not contract the virus, the professor mentioned it was seemingly that simply got here all the way down to luck. “That doesn’t imply you received’t get it,” she mentioned. And, in the event you’ve already had it, you may get it once more.Sadly, COVID-19 is not like chickenpox or the measles, the place you get it as soon as and also you’re immune. Professor Cruickshank mentioned it was nearer to the flu, the place there is a completely different pressure yearly.”Individuals have had COVID two or 3 times,” she mentioned. “Should you’ve had Delta, you may get Omicron or the unique Alpha and if every other pressure comes alongside, you may get it once more.” Simply since you’ve made it this far with out contracting COVID-19, it doesn’t suggest you are out of the woods. (ABC Information: Dannielle Maguire)If it is seemingly I will get COVID-19, why hassle defending myself?”The take-home message is we nonetheless don’t know what we don’t know,” Professor Cruickshank mentioned. She mentioned that, whereas some folks have delicate circumstances, different folks can get very sick from the virus. “We’re seeing people who find themselves at a better danger of getting diabetes and we’re seeing individuals who have had coronary heart assaults who’ve had COVID. Shane Warne was instance of that,” she mentioned. After which there’s lengthy COVID. “Persons are feeling actually drained and run down for a time period,” Professor Cruickshank mentioned. House to play or pause, M to mute, left and proper arrows to hunt, up and down arrows for quantity.WatchDuration: 4 minutes 24 seconds4m 24s At 105, Might Harrison survived COVID — however specialists are warning Australians to watch out.What you should find out about coronavirus:Loading type…

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