Press briefing on the new COVID-19 reminder and the monkeypox outbreak – PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER

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King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a press conference on September 6, 2022 to share information and answer questions about the new COVID-19 reminder, as well as the local outbreak of monkeypox.

A transcription of the briefing is now available, and the video of the briefing is below.

Dr. Duchin discussed the latest information on the local transmission of COVID-19 and stressed the importance of vaccination combined with preventive measures at several levels:

Although no one wants to hear it, I don’t like to say it, and many don’t want to accept it, it is clear that COVID-19 is not going away. It’s changing. It seems less serious in some respects, but it is persistent, it is insidious and it remains somewhat unpredictable. So we need to continue to focus on effective strategies that we can use to reduce our risk…

The updated booster vaccines are an important step in improving our ability to limit the continued impact of COVID-19 on our lives, on our community and on our economy…

But vaccination alone is not enough to optimally protect our community against COVID-19. Public Health – Seattle and King County continue to recommend the wearing of high quality respirators and masks like N95, KN95 and KF94 in indoor public spaces when transmission is high. We continue to recommend improving the air quality in our public spaces, businesses and schools, using ventilation, filtration and/or U/V technologies where appropriate. We continue to recommend testing after exposure to COVID-19 and when symptoms develop, isolation if infected, and wearing a high-quality mask after isolation per CDC guidelines. And, find out if you are eligible for Paxlovid treatment and how to get this treatment quickly if you are infected.

– Dr. Jeff Duchin

Originally published September 7, 2022.

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