As you have probably heard by now the U.S. government is rolling out the new COVID shot. They are recommending it for all people. In fact the COVID booster, RSV and the seasonal flu vaccine are being rolled into one. Is this a good thing? No one knows because it has never been studied. Individuals 5 years of age and older regardless of previous shot status will be eligible to receive a single dose shot. Those who have been following the evidence of course realize the previous shots have been woefully ineffective, offering minimal protection at best and for only a short period of time. And perhaps most importantly the benefit risk ratio is well understood to be markedly skewed toward “high risk” and minimal benefit for most people. Learn about this year’s variant, the latest on the effectiveness of masks and what you should do to protect you and your family this winter.