President Biden delivered an address to Americans today, outlining the ways you can stay safe from COVID-19—and what his administration is doing to help you stay safe. “This is not March of 2020,” Mr. Biden declared. “Two hundred million people are vaccinated. We’re prepared; we know more,” he said. Nonetheless, a good portion of America have “a significantly higher risk of ending up in the hospital — or even dying.” Read on to learn about your risk, free tests, your hospital care and more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Biden Said Here’s Who Should be Most Concerned About Omicron
“First, how concerned should you be about Omicron, which is now the dominant variant in this country? And it happened so quickly,” said Biden. “The answer is straightforward. If you’re not fully vaccinated, you have good [reason] to be concerned. You’re at a high risk of getting sick. And if you get sick, you’re likely to spread it to others, including friends and family, and the unvaccinated have a significantly higher risk of ending up in a hospital or even dying. Almost everyone who has died from COVID 19 in the past many months has been unvaccinated.” If you are vaccinated, “and especially if you’ve got the booster shot, that third shot…you have much, much less reason to worry. You have a high degree of protection against severe illness, but because Omicron spreads so easily, we’ll see some fully vaccinated people get COVID, potentially enlarged numbers.” “If you’re vaccinated and boosted, you may still get a breakthrough case but doctors say you will likely have no symptoms or mild ones,” Biden tweeted earlier in the day, so “take precautions and remain vigilant.”
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Biden Said if It’s Safe to Celebrate the Holidays With Your Family
“I know some Americans are wondering if you can safely celebrate the holidays with your family and friends,” said Biden. “The answer is yes, you can, if you, and those who celebrate with are vaccinated, particularly if you’ve gotten your booster shot. If you are vaccinated and follow the precautions that we all know well, you should feel comfortable celebrating Christmas and the holidays as you planned it. You know, you’ve done the right thing. You can enjoy the holiday season and thanks to the progress on vaccinations.” If you are unvaccinated, you have cause for concern.
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Biden Said a Half Billion Free At-Home COVID Tests Would be Made Available
“Experts have projected there would be roughly 250 million at-home tests available in January. It is unclear whether the new supply of 500 million additional tests will be available right away, or if the administration expects to supply 500 million tests per month. Assuming that supply in January doubles, it would still mean there are fewer than two tests for every American for the entire month,” reports the New York Times.
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The Military and FEMA Will Help Hospitals
“Mr. Biden will instruct his defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, to ready 1,000 military doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals to help overburdened hospitals. There are no plans yet to send those troops to specific locations; they will be at the ready in case they are needed, officials say,” says the Times. Also, FEMA will add resources and assess hospital needs.
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Biden Said It’s Your “Patriotic Duty” to Get Vaccinated and Boosted
Biden said as long as we all keep testing and get boosted/vaccinated, we will get through this. He reminded his listeners that we have to work together—it’s called “the United States of America.” So follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.