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COVID Cases continue to surge in 2022. Here’s what you need to know

Experts provide local and international perspectives and updates on Omicron, vaccines, boosters, and rapid testing.

AP Photo / LM Otero
Max Betasso, 8, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 12 years from Dallas County Health and Human Services nurse Shari Yarto at a vaccination site in Mesquite, Texas.


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The holiday break delivered a huge surge in COVID cases due to the omicron variant. From illness to societal impact, many are worried about what the next month or two has in store for us. Meanwhile, we continue to see studies that support the strength of our vaccines, including a study that indicates that the J&J Covid-19 vaccine booster protects people against severe illness from the omicron variant.

Parents and schools also continue to face challenges as well. The FDA approved booster shots at the 5 month mark for young individuals age 12 to 15 and a third shot for immunocompromised children age 5 to 12.

Additionally, concerns continue with testing, quarantine regulations, and understanding which masks are most effective.

In this episode, we cover the latest COVID headlines – from teen boosters to new quarantine guidelines.


Dr. David Persse

Dr. William Haseltine

  • Chair and President of the global think tank ACCESS Health International
  • Founder of more than a dozen bio-technology companies
  • Internationally recognized expert on the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Richina Bicette-McCain

  • Medical Director, Baylor College of Medicine

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