Weekly Rounds with Infection Control Today: Omicron and Long COVID, So-Called ‘Mild COVID’, Flu Surges in a Pandemic

Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today’s highlights for the week ending January 7.

Here are 5 highlights from ICT®’s wide-ranging coverage of the infection prevention and control world. Everything from interviews with known opinion leaders, to the news that infection preventionists and other health care professionals can use on their jobs.

‘Omicron the Pandemic Killer’ Idea Ignores Dangers of Long COVID

Infection preventionists and other health care professionals once again on the frontlines battling a COVID-19 surge need be wary of “mild” symptoms that could haunt them in the long run.

Viewpoint: Those Who Underestimate Omicron Aren’t Doing the Math

Infectivity causes more harm and deaths than lethality and in the case of Omicron more than makes up for its somewhat milder infections in immunologically naive individuals.

Fears of a Triple Whammy: Influenza, Delta, and Omicron

Don’t look now, but influenza is making a comeback. What if it joins forces with COVID-19 variants?

Why Children With COVID-19 Swamp Pediatric Hospitals

Omicron is going hard after the pediatric population, many of whom are too young to be vaccinated and whose vital organs, which COVID-19 attacks, are still in development.

Even ‘Mild’ COVID-19 Can Make You the Sickest You’ve Ever Been

SARS-CoV-2 causes a system infection and is commonly detected in the heart and brain, exemplified by the loss of smell from brain tissue destruction and loss of cardiac function from myocarditis.