Navigating the COVID Uptick and Wellness Screenings

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The COVID Uptick

Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding COVID-19, and I want to keep you informed. We’re not in a surge at the moment, but we’ve seen a gradual uptick in COVID-19 cases over the last four weeks. This uptick can be attributed to increased travel during the summer months. We’re all eager to be outdoors, traveling, and spending time with new people. But it’s crucial to remain vigilant.

COVID Vaccines Still Effective

The good news is that the current vaccines still seem to be effective against this new variant of the virus. However, there’s a new vaccine on the horizon, expected around October or November. If you fall into the high-risk category, which includes individuals with conditions like cancer or HIV, it might be a good idea to get vaccinated sooner rather than later.

Understanding the Omicron Variant

The new COVID variant we’re dealing with is still part of the Omicron family. Viruses constantly mutate to try and find new ways to infect their hosts. Some common symptoms of this variant include severe headaches, fatigue, cold-like symptoms, body aches, and a persistent cough. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to get tested.

Testing and Isolation

Remember, you can take a home COVID test to check for the virus. If you test positive, it’s vital to self-isolate and follow guidelines. If you’ve been exposed to the virus, consider testing multiple times, especially if your symptoms persist or worsen.

Precautions for Large Crowds

When you’re in large crowds or high-risk situations, make sure to wear a well-fitting mask. Cloth masks may not provide adequate protection in such scenarios. Staying cautious and masking up is still a wise choice.

Paxlovid: A Promising Treatment

If you test positive for COVID-19, there’s a new antiviral drug called Paxlovid (PAXLOVID) that works similarly to Tamiflu for the flu. It aims to reduce the duration of illness, hospitalization rates, and mortality. Consult your doctor to see if this treatment is suitable for you.

Continuing Screening and Preventative Care

While we’re addressing COVID-19, let’s not forget about other essential health measures. Women, make sure you’re getting your regular pap smears and mammograms. Men, consider prostate screenings, especially if you’re over 40.

We’re seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, but vaccines are still effective, and new treatments are available. Stay vigilant, get tested if you have symptoms, and follow safety precautions in crowded settings. Additionally, remember to prioritize your overall health with regular screenings and preventative care.


Dr. Kre Johnson is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and the sole owner of Brownstone Healthcare and Aesthetics. She is the Medical Director of the City of Birmingham’s Employee Health Clinic-Brownstone BWell Birmingham. She is the Event Producer of Wifeology and the founder of Three Twenty Girls, IncShe loves God, traveling, and all things Southern!!
Brownstone BWell: Brownstone Healthcare has partnered with the City of Birmingham to offer primary care services to the employees of the City of Birmingham for $0 copayment. This partnership is for preventative services & screenings and sick visits. We partner with your current primary care physician and our goal is to keep you out of the ER and urgent care. We do not share your information with the City of Birmingham. We uphold HIPPA and professional standards. You can visit us at our downtown location 1700 5th Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203 or Trussville: 4643 Camp Coleman Road #117 Trussville, AL 35173 205-202-5650 call for your appointment today.

Dr. Ankrehah Trimble Johnson aka "Dr Kre"


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