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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts are increasingly concerned that a new wave of positive cases is on the horizon.
Those same experts are now advising the public to consider getting a second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This recommendation for the second booster is a way to help anticipate that next possible surge.
Some of the newer strains, like the BA2 variant, are said to be 200 times more transmissible than the original COVID-19 strain.
“Ontario is seeing an increase, well over 100,000 cases a day,” said Dr. Greg Poland, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic. “The whole Northeast corridor in the United States is starting to increase, more than 84% of their cases are BA2 and New York, for example, has 1,500 new cases. Hospitalization rates in Ontario have increased by 36% in a week, the same is true in the United Kingdom »
Poland says the number of variants continues to grow and become more transmissible, so it’s important to stay vigilant and get stronger.
“Actually, what’s called the R-naught, the basic reproductive rate, which is a description of if I were to get infected, on average to how many people I pass it on to,” Poland said. “We are now at an R-naught with this virus of 12. The most contagious human virus that we know of is measles and this R-naught is 16 years old.”
An Israeli study showed that if you got the second booster, you reduced your risk of dying from COVID by 78%.
Poland says that at this point, if you are an otherwise healthy person, this second booster would be your fourth dose of vaccine and for an immunocompromised person, this second booster would be your fifth dose.
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