Dr Mallika is giving her best advice, but as always, consult your personal physician before making any decisions about your personal health.
Bud wrote, “My wife and I are vaccinated and boosted but are arguing about going to a house party with over 30 people. We know of a guest who refused to be vaccinated. Should we go?”
I don’t think it’s a good idea to stay indoors near unvaccinated people without wearing a mask, especially if you’re over 65 and/or have underlying health problems. I’m sorry if I made the argument between you and your wife worse, but you asked for my opinion.
“I have been vaccinated and boosted my health,” says Douglas. I want to visit my grandchildren. Should I get a quick test before I see them? Are they effective in detecting Omicrons? ”
Yes, rapid tests can still detect the Omicron variant. If you’re going to check in with your grandchildren, and that’s probably a good idea, especially if they’re unvaccinated, you’ll want to check in on the morning of the day you see them. You can ask your family to get tested before they see you as you may be at higher risk if you are the age of your grandparents.
“I had the J&J vaccine in April,” Brittany said. Right before I was supposed to have a Pfizer booster, I tested positive. Would you recommend I still get a booster after I’ve fully recovered, especially if new ones will be available when new variants come out? “
You may have experienced a spike in antibodies after a breakthrough infection, but we don’t know how long those antibodies last. Immunity from vaccines tends to be better than immunity from natural infection, so you should still get a booster shot at some point. But you may not need to run out and grab it right away. I would consider a booster shot within three months of your infection unless you get monoclonal antibodies, in which case you really need to wait 90 days.
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/02/covid-coronavirus-vaccine-omicron-variant-dr-mallika-marshall/ Does Rapid Test Detect Omicron Variation? Dr. Mallika Marshall answers your COVID questions – CBS Boston