There are still more questions than answers about the newest variant of COVID-19, omicron. UCHealth experts explain what omicron is and what you can do to stay safe. Photo by Joel Blocker, for UCHealth. Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant, is here.
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon writes for UCHealth Today. She is a proud Colorado native. She attended Colorado College, thanks to a merit scholarship from the Boettcher Foundation, and worked as a park ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park during summer breaks from college. She is also a storyteller. She loves getting to know UCHealth patients and providers and sharing their inspiring stories. Katie spent years working as a journalist at the Rocky Mountain News and was a finalist with a team of reporters for the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of a deadly wildfire in Glenwood Springs in 1994. Katie was the first reporter in the U.S. to track down and interview survivors of the tragic blaze, which left 14 firefighters dead. She covered an array of beats over the years, including the environment, politics, education and criminal justice. She also loved covering stories in Congress and at the U.S. Supreme Court during a stint as the Rocky’s reporter in Washington, D.C. Katie then worked as a reporter for an online health news site before joining the UCHealth team in 2017. Katie and her husband Cyrus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, have three children. The family loves traveling together anywhere from Glacier National Park to Cuba.
Millions more people across the U.S. now may get COVID-19 booster vaccine doses after leaders of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized mix-and-match vaccines and provided long-awaited guidance to people who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines will be tested on babies as young as six months by the end of October in Colorado as clinical trials for life-saving COVID-19 vaccines continue.
COVID-19 hospitalizations at UCHealth facilities have spiked to levels as high as the first peak of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 when the coronavirus first rampaged around the U.S. and the world.
Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 are rare, but on the rise as the highly transmissible delta variant causes a dramatic increase in positive cases of COVID-19.
Misinformation about infertility and COVID-19 vaccines has prevented countless young women from getting vaccines.
Patients with compromised immune systems soon could be first in line in the U.S. to get COVID-19 booster shots and doctors on the front lines are eager to help vulnerable patients boost their antibodies.
A new study of COVID-19 vaccines for children is slated to start in Colorado by the first week of August.
Hopes are soaring that children under age 12 soon will be able to get vaccines to prevent COVID-19.
While people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks in many settings, masks are absolutely necessary for everyone in hospitals, health care clinics, airplanes and other places where vulnerable people are gathering, according to one of the top infectious disease experts in Colorado.