CDC COVID-19 Updates – Week of February 22, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP 
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine was updated February 23, 2021.  This website provides a lot of information, particularly for the consumer, including:

  • Common side effects
  • Helpful tips
    • Reducing pain and discomfort at the site of the injection
    • Reducing discomfort from fever
  • When to call the doctor
  • Scheduling your second shot (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna)
  • About your second shot
  • Reminders

There’s also a printable handout for the individual receiving the vaccine – in English as well as Spanish.

Your Guide to Masks was updated February 22, 2021 to include the February 2nd requirement to wear masks on public transportation:

“CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people. Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.”

There’s a lot of good information on the type of masks (cloth masks, not surgical), how to wear, how to take off and how to launder.

Clinical Questions about COVID-19: Questions and Answers shows as being updated February 22, 2021 but no specific Q&As identified.  This is a good reference/resource to check periodically as questions arise.

US COVID-19 Cases Caused by Variants was updated February 23, 2021.    

You can download CSV data from this website as well as learn more about genomic surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 Variants.  Additionally, you can filter the map view by variants.