PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The surge in COVID-19 cases has some fully vaccinated and boosted people wondering whether they should try to get omicron to just “get it over with.”
Not so fast, says Dr. Paul Offit from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He says getting infected on purpose is like playing with dynamite.READ MORE: Mother Of Cheltenham Township Single-Car Crash Victim Speaks Out After Incident Left 1 Person Dead, 4 Others Injured: ‘It's Horrible’
Offit says omicron is not just a bad cold, it is a life-threatening disease.READ MORE: Cooling Tower Malfunction Caused Fire At Center City High-Rise, Source Says
There’s also a chance you could get what’s called long COVID, which can be debilitating.
You could easily spread the disease to children, many of whom are not yet vaccinated.MORE NEWS: Amtrak Forced To Reduce Service Along Northeast Corridor Due To COVID-Related Staffing Shortage
And you could stress the health care system, a system that is already stretched thin.