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Best ways to stay safe from contracting the COVID-19 Omicron variant

The number of positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the United States, and those who haven’t been infected are wondering how to avoid it altogether.

The last time cases appeared to be this high was before vaccines became widely available.

Many are wondering how high the case numbers could possibly reach, but that answer isn’t within the virus, it’s within how people spread it.

Related: With masks returning, which ones would be the best to avoid catching COVID-19?

Ways to remain safe from contracting the Omicron variant

First, be aware of your behaviors. Where you’re going, what you’re doing, handwashing, masking, and other precautionary actions that can help keep you safe.

Also recognize exactly what the symptoms of the virus are. This means for yourself and those around you.

Symptoms include fever, trouble breathing, itchy eyes, runny nose, or any other respiratory symptom.

Related: New York shortens isolation, quarantine period from 10 to 5 days for ‘essential’ workers: Includes healthcare, retail, restaurant staff

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Keep your social circle small and consistent, so you’re aren’t introducing unknowingly infected people.

Many people believe that being vaccinated is enough, and while it offers protection, exposure can still get you infected if you’re exposed to high amounts of the virus.

Know that absolutely everyone is capable of carrying the virus and infecting others.

Related: Omicron now makes up 73% of all COVID cases: Are at-home tests accurate? What should you do after testing positive?

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This makes masking up that much more important.

Before gathering with people, know where it is they are coming from. A vaccinated person coming from an area with high rates of COVID-19 is more likely to spread the virus than an unvaccinated person coming from an area with low rates.

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