Our understanding of COVID-19 continues to develop and health officials have discovered 5 new things about the virus that you should know about.
Currently, there are over 87 million cases worldwide and over 21 million cases in America -- and growing -- making it vital we all stay informed about the latest developments with the virus, and The Huffington Post breaks down the latest.
- Numerous strains of the virus are appearing around the globe -- New variants of the virus have been found in 33 countries and 4 states (Colorado, New York, California, and Florida) and the variant identified in the United Kingdom and an additional variant found in South Africa are thought to spread more easily. Find out all the details about the numerous COVID-19 variants including whether health officials believe the current vaccine will protect you from them.
- Vaccine allergic reactions are possible but rare -- Allergic reactions to the vaccine have occurred with both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but health officials stress this is rare. If you have ever experienced an allergic reaction to other vaccines, you should speak with your doctor before getting the COVID vaccine. The CDC also warms if someone has a known allergy to polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate, they should not get the COVID vaccine. (Learn about the vaccine's possible side effects)
Once vaccinated, you may still infect others -- Due to how new the virus is, it is currently not known if someone who has been vaccinated can still transmit the virus to someone else who has not been vaccinated. Further research is still needed to determine if those who have received the vaccine may still spread the virus.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, you should still get the vaccine -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests pregnant and breastfeeding women should get the vaccine, despite there being no research on this patient group. Of course, speak to your health care provider if you have concerns.
The virus may be able to enter the brain -- According to new research, the virus has been found to cross the brain-blood barrier in studies on animals and experts believe this may be responsible for symptoms like brain fog and other neurological issues. Health experts stress, in addition to the respiratory system, the virus can affect nearly all of the organs in our body.