COVID News December 2022: Winter COVID & Flu Update for Older Adults & Families

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Here’s what aging adults & families should know about the COVID and flu situation this winter, including what to know about the new BQ.1 subvariants, and how to stay safer during winter gatherings.

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Geriatrician Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, explains the latest on COVID, the efficacy of the bivalent COVID booster, how to stay safer and healthier during holiday gatherings, and much more.

00:00 COVID News & Flu Update for Older Adults & Families

02:08 The current COVID & influenza situation (cases & hospitalizations)

19:26 About the newest Omicron subvariants BQ.1 & BQ.1.1

25:56 Real-world data on how well the bivalent COVID booster is working

36:05 How to avoid getting sick this winter

38:41 How to use masks and why

44:01 What to know about ventilation & air filters

49:54 How to choose a HEPA air purifier

1:03:06 How to detect symptoms of COVID now

1:08:10 How to treat COVID and how long to isolate

1:14:35 Summary of staying safe this winter