Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters Part 29, Omicron challenges & recommendations

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Part 29, Omicron challenges & recommendations Transcript:

Hello Brian Merkel, microbiology and immunology at UW-green bay and we are here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

The scientific process is constantly accumulating evidence over time so that we can then inform policies that are rooted in science. Because of what we have learned about the Omicron variant and how transmissible it is, we need to use other types of masks including the 95 style of masks.

The change from a 10-day quarantine to a five-day quarantine is that you are most contagious within that five-day period. We should be coming vaccinated. We should be wearing proper masks, appropriately, in the right settings. All of these kinds of measures will help us get to a point where COVID-19 is much more manageable and that’s something that we all share in common.

We don’t want to see our hospital workers go through what they’re going through right now. We don’t want to see our friends and families not getting the care that they need to have because we’re not doing the right thing and because we’re not doing the right thing we’re overburdening hospital infrastructure.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from

Part 2: Two main types of viruses

Part 3: Why is this virus serious?

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care?

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask?

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year?

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine?

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information?

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear?

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies?

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants?

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality

Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome?

Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants

Part 20: Vaccine Side Effects

Part 21: I’m young, why get vaccinated?

Part 22: Variants and eased restrictions concern

Part 23: Delta Variant, protect yourself and others

Part 24: FDA full approval of Pfizer vaccine

Part 25: Breakthrough infections

Part 26: I had COVID, why get the vaccine?

Part 27: Why so much pressure to get vaccinated?

Part 28: Omicron Mask Recommendations

Part 29: Omicron challenges & recommendations

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