COVID is on the rise once again in Colorado. Are you tired of hearing that? Me too. I felt like the pandemic was officially over until I had COVID a few months ago.

When I tested positive for COVID a few years ago, it was a piece of cake. When I had COVID this past September, it was brutal, and took me weeks to fully recover.

Maybe it is time for me to get a booster. Experts recommend that you get the flu shot and the booster at once. My brother got his recently and he was wiped out for a few days.

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New Variants Are Spreading in Colorado

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The two major variants EG.5 and HV.1 are the biggest threats for Colorado households. 80 Colorado residents are hospitalized with COVID daily and that number is rising during the winter months. The cold weather is certainly a factor, but the biggest factor is most likely traveling for the holidays.

I am not telling you to not travel for the holidays or anything like that. I will definitely be traveling for the holidays. You just might want to be more mindful.

Free Testing Available Again

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The US government is now offering free at-home COVID tests again. I'm glad because I spent $32 on two tests back in September. Spending that much money for a COVID test is pretty ridiculous.

The Department of Health is expecting a jump in COVID cases and they are trying their best to get ahead of it.

How to Get Free Tests

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You can get free tests by heading to COVID.gov. Tests were also offered in September. If you didn't get those tests a few months ago, you can get eight tests for free right now.

The Most Miserable Cities in Colorado

If you are looking for a good time and want to be happy, these Colorado cities are not the place for you. Population, poverty levels, married households, and households with children all play a role in the misery factors in these Colorado cities.

Gallery Credit: Matt Sparx

Take a Look at Colorado's Iconic Stanley Hotel, Which Inspired the Shining

Stephen King stayed in this hotel in the 1970s, and he was inspired to write The Shining, one of the best horror novels of all time. Many believe The Stanley has paranormal activity.

Gallery Credit: Tanner Chambers

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