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Tuscaloosa physician Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty reports a 21% increase in Covid cases from the average 2 weeks ago in Tuscaloosa County. Alabama has seen an increase of 552 cases.

How dangerous is the Omicron variant and is there a booster shot to help protect against it? Dr. P says there is a lot we do not know about the variant, but we do know that it is spreading very quickly. It is two to three times as likely to spread as the Delta variant. Several studies indicate that full vaccination plus a booster shot provides strong protection against infections with Omicron. Two doses of a vaccine do appear to protect against severe disease from Omicron.

Dr. Peramsetty reports that immunity from a previous Covid infection does not protect you very well from getting infected again. Omicron appears to result in a mild illness that can resemble a common cold  with fatigue, congestion and a runny nose. Symptoms can vary depending on your vaccination status.

First Kids Urgent Care is open when others are closed. After hours, in-house labs, & pharmacy. Avoid the ER!


Also, www.crimsoncare.com Covid testing, monoclonal treatments, vaccines, & flu shots available.
Dr. Peramsetty has become Tuscaloosa’s go to source for all things Covid related.

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