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August 17, 2021 – The CDC now recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses.  Soon, there will be booster shot guidelines for all previously vaccinated Americans.

August 12, 2021 – Philadelphia’s new mask mandate will help slow the spread of COVID, including the highly contagious Delta variant.   Here’s a quick summary of the changes that began on 8/12/21, and the two options available for businesses and institutions:

1. Masks Required – If a business adopts this policy, all employees and customers must wear masks, even if fully vaccinated.  For dining, masks are required at all times, except while seated and eating or drinking.  The mask mandate applies to children, too.

2.  Masks optional, with proof of full vaccination – When a business requires its customers and employees to be fully vaccinated, there is no mask mandate.  Businesses will verify vaccination status before allowing patrons to enter, so have your vaccine card handy.  There are no exceptions.  Anyone who can’t show proof of status won’t be allowed to enter, even if masked or children too young to be vaccinated.

Businesses must select one option or the other, and should post their policy on their exterior.  There are no changes for outdoor dining, which continues without restriction.

The Philadelphia School District is requiring masks for students and staff regardless of vaccination status.

Ways to Stay Safe

With COVID-19 in the news practically every day, perhaps you think you’ve heard it all.  Even with such an abundance of information, some of the most important ways to address the pandemic haven’t changed:

Get fully vaccinated

  • The vaccine is safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 and offers the most protection if you get your second shot (Moderna vaccine offered by vybe.)
  • The vaccine appears to offer protection against emerging variants, but we’re still learning whether variants might cause illness.

If you’re not vaccinated, wear a mask & continue safe practices

Until more people are vaccinated and we reach herd immunity, it’s everyone’s responsibility to continue safe practices.  This is important, even if you’re vaccinated, to avoid infecting those around you.

Get tested when you experience symptoms or fear exposure

Knowing your status is still important, and getting a positive test result allows you to self-isolate and take other precautions to avoid spreading the infection.

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COVID-19 Symptoms

The coronavirus first infects your lungs, nose, and throat, but ultimately can affect any part of your body. People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms and the list has grown since the pandemic began. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and range from mild flu-like symptoms to severe illness. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may be infected with COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Body aches & muscle pains
  • Persistent cough
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Recent loss of your sense of taste and/or smell

This list is not all-inclusive and coronavirus symptoms are similar to other seasonal issues like cold, flu, and allergies. However, loss of taste or smell is considered one of the most specific symptoms of this virus.  As with the flu, most people who get coronavirus experience fever, cough, muscle pain or weakness, and fatigue, and will have a complete recovery.

Please consult your local vybe urgent care location for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Steps You Can Take to Stay Healthy

The coronavirus spreads via respiratory droplets that occur when talking and from a cough or sneeze.  Everyone should be maximizing “social distancing” to slow the spread of COVID-19, as the disease can be spread by people who may be infected but not have symptoms.  In general, follow the same preventive measures you would take with the flu. Here are things you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community:

Cover your face

  • Fully cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands.
  • Wear a mask in public settings at all times as recommended by the CDC.  This is essential, even when social distancing is possible.

Keep your hands clean

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Avoid close contact with others

  • In public, maintain social distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Stay home unless it is necessary to go to work, purchase necessary items, help someone who needs support, or seek medical care.
  • Do not visit friends, gather in groups, or otherwise socialize in person, especially indoors. Use virtual technologies to stay connected.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Clean & disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Frequently touched objects/surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

The risk of infection will begin to diminish, but not disappear, during the early stages of vaccination.  The above safety practices will help and are especially important for older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, who seem to be at higher risk of more serious illness due to COVID-19.


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