The good news is getting a booster will improve your chances over 75% of not even getting a mild case of COVID, including the new variant. Also, all of the seasonal cases and new variants do not have an outpatient pill to treat the condition until now. The new antiviral pill, Paxlovid, should be approved by the FDA and available in the next few weeks. This pill reduces illness symptoms dramatically and avoids hospitalizations in over 90% of all cases.
As frustrating as it seems, this direction of COVID is the expected natural history of a coronavirus. The best you can do is get vaccinated, boosted, and maintain good hygiene. As always, take care of your lung health and plan on accessing an urgent care for a 5-day course of antivirals in case you test positive for COVID. Before you know it, COVID 19 will be part of the many viruses we see in the cold winter months. However, we will be armed with highly effective medication options to keep the disease burden to a minimum.
Dr. Inderpal Randhawa
Founder and CEO of Southern California Food Allergy Institute