Dear Pandemic Live Q&A 01-18-23

COVID Variants Infectious Diseases Masks Socializing Staying Safe Testing and Contact Tracing Videos

Those Nerdy Girls deliver a New Year’s message from our CEO Dr. Ashley Ritter and also share advice on staying healthy during the tripledemic, including testing, masking, and more.

Hosted by Those Nerdy Girls with:

– Ashley Ritter, APRN, PhD:TNG CEO & Founding Member
– Chana Davis, PhD: TNG Contributing Writer & Founder at Fueled by Science

➡️ Welcome and Intros (0:00-0:40)

➡️ New Year’s message from Those Nerdy Girls’ CEO Dr. Ashley Ritter (0:40-2:27)

➡️ How concerned should I be about the new XBB.1.5 (aka Kraken) COVID variant? (2:28-5:45)

Related Link: How concerned should I be about the new XBB.1.5 variant?

➡️ Are rapid tests still useful for detecting COVID-19? We have all heard a lot of stories of people who probably had COVID yet had a slew of negative tests. (5:46-10:04)

Related Link: How well do COVID-19 rapid antigen tests work? Is a single antigen test enough?

Related Link: Do rapid antigen tests detect the latest COVID-19 variants?

Related Link: FDA – Omicron Variant and Sub-Variants: Impact on Antigen Diagnostic Tests

➡️ What do we know about the contagious period of COVID-19? (10:06-11:50)

Related Link: SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 (Omicron) Variant Transmission Within Households – Four U.S. Jurisdictions, November 2021-February 2022

➡️ What is your advice on masking in the midst of this ongoing tripledemic – and thoughts on their value beyond COVID? You had a great post a while back on “masking sometimes”. (11:51-18:03)

Related Link: What is the best way to wear a mask sometimes?

➡️ What advice do you have for navigating the flu? (18:04-20:58)

Related Link: Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick

Related Link: What is the contagious period for the flu?

Related Link: Health Canada -Flu (influenza): Symptoms and treatment

➡️ Closing (20:59-22:26)

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