Health officials render COVID precaution refresher

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Although the COVID-19 public health emergency ended in May, variants of the virus remain in wide global circulation.

Officials from the 66th Medical Squadron here are reminding personnel of the most effective ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as well as other viruses.

“The variants of COVID we’re seeing are still transmissible, and though not as deadly, the key is to prevent the spread of viruses,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Gough, 66 MDS public health emergency officer.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 symptoms can include shortness of breath, congestion, fatigue, nausea, and loss of taste or smell. Officials recommend testing for COVID-19 if individuals experience any of these symptoms.

“Those who test positive should stay home for at least five calendar days, and then should continue to wear a mask for an additional five days,” said Gough.

Those who test negative for COVID but have symptoms of a cold or flu, should also stay home and wear a mask until their symptoms improve.

“There are such a wide variety of symptoms that COVID can look like other viruses, and vice versa,” said Gough. “Even if you test negative, you should still wear a mask to prevent the spread of something else.”

Senior leaders here also noted that commanders and directors should utilize situational telework when possible for those who are symptomatic.

The health officer reiterated that the best ways to mitigate the transmission of COVID, and other viruses, is to wear a mask, wash hands, physically distance themselves, and stay up to date with vaccinations.

Currently, the 66 MDS Immunizations Clinic is offering COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Persons can call the Immunizations Clinic at 781-225-6172.

For additional information, personnel can contact Hanscom Public Health at