How to prepare for a possible COVID infection this winter—Even if you’ve been vaccinated and boosted

While there is still a hint of stigma around contracting the virus, there shouldn’t be: “At this point in the pandemic, it’s nobody’s fault,” Dana Rose Garfin, PhD, assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, tells Health. She encourages patients not to blame themselves or loved ones who might have transmitted the virus to you. “We have community spread of a highly transmissible virus, and even if you do everything in your power to protect yourself, infections are going to occur.”