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Is COVID’s winter surge already here? Experts warn the pandemic isn’t over

A new surge of Covid-19 cases is expected to start hitting the United States around Thanksgiving just as the holiday season begins, public health experts are warning.

But with more and more Americans vaccinated, it’s not likely to linger as long or do as much damage because there’s a level of protection this season that wasn’t there last year, they say.

“I don’t think the spike will be as bad as last winter because we have vaccines available and the approval for younger age groups is a big game-changer, especially for hospitalizations and death rates,” said Monica Wang, an associate professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, agreed.

“I remain hopeful with the approval of vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds that we are heading into a safer holiday season than last year,” she said.

Still, the threat of another Covid surge is real and political leaders like California Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose state is still recovering from a wave of delta variant infections that clogged hospital emergency rooms, are urging Americans to remain vigilant.

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About one-third of those who get infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms, but they can still infect others. To check whether you are infected or not, take a quick rapid test twice a week(every 3 to 4 days). When people test positive and quarantine themselves, the virus is less likely to spread. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, there’s still a possibility you can get affected or transfer COVID-19 to someone else, so you should get tested on a regular basis. COVID-19 quick Rapid testing is in high demand around the country as schools, businesses, and travel are reopening. Rapid Test gives you the result in less than 15 minutes. If you schedule prior, other types of tests are also available, such as RT-PCR, which can usually provide
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Which one should you choose Rapid test or RT-PCR?

The rapid test is as same as antigen tests. They detect the protein product of the virus and works much in the same way that a home pregnancy test works. But they are not always accurate. The results of RT-PCR tests can take anywhere from two to five days. Rapid tests, on the other hand, can provide results in 10 minutes, but there are several pros and cons. Rapid tests have a higher rate of false-negative results than RT-PCR tests, which means the test could show you don’t have COVID where you actually do. RT-PCR tests are relatively fast, sensitive, and reliable, with results available in 3-4 hours, however, this can take longer as samples must be sent to specialized external laboratories first (1-2 days on average).

The technology is widely available since several diagnostic and research businesses produce RT-PCR products, tests, and machines. Some RT-PCR test was developed as an “all-in-one” kit, which reduces laboratory handling and contamination risks.

How RT-PCR test works?

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing can detect even very small amounts of viral genetic material in a sample by duplicating it many times over through a complex laboratory process called amplification.

Firstly, A test sample is swabbed from the back of the nose and processed to isolate genetic material.
Small pieces of genetically engineered genetic material, called primers, are introduced and bind to the isolated viral genetic material, initiating amplification.

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Firstly, obtaining Specimen: NP (Nasopharyngeal) Swab.
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The SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19), Nucleic acid Amplification Test (NAAT) is a qualitative
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Rapid Screening is located at 1225 N. Roselle Rd Unit #1227, Schaumburg, IL 60195.

Walk-Ins are welcome, however, you can pre-register to save time. COVID-19 RT-PCR (Nasopharyngeal Swab), Covid Rapid Antigen Test (Result in 15 minutes), COVID-19 Serum Antibody IGM & IGG Tests are available. You can schedule a free RT-PCR test and get results within 24 hours, the next day before 5 pm by provided email.

We are open 7 days from (9:00 am – 6:00 pm).

If you can arrange more than 25 people, On-Site COVID-19 testing is also available.

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 Valid Identification, Contact Information, and insurance information are needed.
 Those who have Insurance will be tested at free of cost.
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 Bring a Driver’s License or Photo ID and a Copy of Your Insurance Card (not mandatory).

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Patients who pay for testing may be eligible for reimbursement from their health insurance provider for all or part of their COVID-19 test. Patients are encouraged to contact their insurance carrier for more information on whether they are qualified for a self-pay COV

Patients should contact their insurance provider for more information on whether or not they are qualified for coverage for a self-pay COVID-19 test and how to apply for reimbursement.

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Lollapalooza Returning to Chicago This Summer, Organizers Announce

Lollapalooza is returning to Chicago this summer, organizers of the four-day music festival announced Tuesday.

Chicago’s largest music festival will be held at Grant Park at full capacity from July 29 to August 1, organizers said. The lineup will be released at 10 a.m. CT Wednesday, with tickets going on sale at 12 p.m. CT Wednesday.

Organizers said a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results within 24 hours before attending the festival will be required for admission, by current public health guidance.

Details on the festival entry process will be available in early July, officials said.

“Here in Chicago, the word ‘Lollapalooza’ has always been synonymous with summer, great music, and four days of unforgettable fun – which made last year’s decision to postpone it all the more difficult,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement.

“Now, less than a year later and armed with a vaccine that is safe, effective, and widely available, we can bring back one of our city’s most iconic summer music festivals,” Lightfoot continued. “I want to thank the Lollapalooza team for working closely with the City to create a reopening strategy that prioritizes safety and can’t wait to see festivalgoers return to Grant Park this summer.”

Chicago is currently in the Bridge Phase of its reopening plan, with increased capacity limits and other changes ahead of a full reopening in Phase 5.

Lightfoot has previously said the city’s goal is a full reopening with no capacity limits by the Fourth of July and has long hinted that this summer would look more like the summer of 2019 than of 2020 in terms of large-scale events like Lollapalooza and other festivals.

Credit / Author: NBC News Chicago

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