People are grabbing omicron to ‘do away’ with medical professionals
HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Many in the United States get their COVID-19 information online, but there’s a new concern on social media: people who want to get COVID-19 to “get it over with.” .
“We have to be careful of misinformation, whether intentional or unintentional, which can cause great harm,” said Dr. Jose Campo Maldonado, an infectious disease specialist at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
While people are embracing the idea of deliberately catching omicron on social media platforms, Dr. Maldonado disagrees with this idea.
“It can send you to the hospital, make you sick for a very long time at the very least or maybe you’re lucky it’s a short time, or it can kill you,” he said.
Dr. Maldonado shares that people don’t realize that everyone reacts differently to COVID-19, which is why catching it intentionally could put you at risk.
“You don’t know if you’re going to have a serious illness and then be hospitalized or die, especially if you have risk factors, so the concept of herd immunity that’s what some people expect to achieve, that is not the right way to go about it,” Dr. Maldonado said.
There is also the idea of taking five days off work while quarantined, but Dr Maldonado explains that this will only create a shortage in many already struggling industries. He suggests getting vaccinated to prevent serious illness from the virus.
“Ideally, the perfect vaccine will prevent you from getting even a mild illness. But just because it’s not, that doesn’t mean the vaccine isn’t good,” Dr. Maldonado said.
He adds that omicron is much more transmissible than the other variants. Dr. Maldonado also wants people to be careful about the information they come across online and do their own research.
“The level of accountability on how we communicate and convey information is even higher than before due to this globalization of information, so be aware of that,” Dr Maldonado said.