NPHIC Blog Posts
COVID-19 vs. the Flu: What You Should Know
As the novel coronavirus approaches its second birthday, health experts and policymakers have been quietly wondering whether it may be time for the world’s population to begin adapting to the reality that the coronavirus will be present indefinitely. In other words, the virus may never be fully eradicated.
Another way of asking this question is to posit: In the future, will the SARS-CoV-2 virus be one of our endemic seasonal enemies, co-existing with us in the same way that we tolerate the ever-changing influenza virus?
Read on to learn why our world may need to adapt to the idea that the novel coronavirus will eventually be rolled into the fold of our perennial infectious disease foes.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 12+ Years of Age
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, more than four million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19. That's over 14% of all cases.
In the United States, individuals have received over 317 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine between December 14, 2020, and June 21, 2021. As a result, many states are now advocating for vaccinations among children 12 years of age and older.
NEED MEDIA COVERAGE? GET INVOLVED.
When I first started as a Public Information Officer (PIO) at a county health department, I was transitioning from a career in Public Relations (PR) at a local hospital. Most instances in PR, my job was to be "reactive." To react to a news article, provide a quote defending a negative situation, or to promote the hospital as a place to go to for treatment – after you have cancer, or after you break your leg.
As a new PIO for the health department, I adjusted to the work of promoting services to prevent disease and promote healthy lifestyles – it was a "preventative" way of thinking.