Bad character Dr. Fawcett: ‘Of course we are, right now, in this country, outside of this

Do we still * feel * that we are in an epidemic? I would imagine that parents of young children would still feel the plague, but here in Virginia, everyone is unmasked and life is completely “back to normal.” The other day, I went to a hair salon and didn’t wear a mask, and none of the hair stylists wore a mask. That being said, you can still choose to wear a mask if you want and people should still be careful, obviously. Even someone like Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for Covid this week and she is obviously very alert (she is also asymptomatic, thank you). So what is the status of the epidemic in America at the moment? “The epidemic is over,” said Dr. Fawcett.

President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fawcett, said the United States had come out of its cowardly state of emergency. “We are, of course, out of the epidemic, right now, in this country,” Fawcett said in an interview with PBS NewsHour on Tuesday. “For example, we do not have 900,000 new infections every day and tens of thousands are hospitalized and thousands die. We are at a lower level now. So if you say, ‘Are we out of the epidemic in this country?’ We. “

The assessment marks a significant change in how COVID, the country’s top communicable disease official, described the situation in the United States. Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during this period of time, and Americans are advised to return to normalcy. Notably, he did not declare Covid on Tuesday, acknowledging that “we are not going to eradicate this virus” and emphasizing that “there is no doubt that this epidemic is still going on.” In most parts of the world, however, he said a significant portion of the U.S. population has “some levels of immunity that remain” due to vaccines, booster and previous infections that have left the country in a state of emergency, at least for the time being. By February, 75% of Americans, including 75% of children and adolescents, had been infected with Covid-19.

Infection – but not hospitalization and death – is lingering in various parts of the country as a new Omicron submarine continues to spread and public health restrictions are lifted, including the Biden administration’s federal mask mandate for travel, which was revoked by a conservative judge. Florida last week. (Based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the judiciary is appealing against the verdict.)

[From Vanity Fair]

I think this is an accurate assessment? It seems that those who wanted the vaccine got their vaccine, and people are usually committed to getting their boosters when they become available, and hospitals are no longer being crushed by new forms. Immunologists are really surprised by the muted effects of the latest variants, BA.2 and sub-variant BA.2.12.1 in the United States. People are still catching Covid, obviously, but the variants and sub-variants did not spread to the United States like Omicron did a few months ago. Personally, I can’t wait to get another booster shot though. I got my first booster last November. I hope they open up a second-booster shot for the under-50s soon.

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