The United States is experiencing a new wave of COVID-19, but how worried should people be? White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha appeared on The View to explain what he thinks will happen next with the pandemic. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.
“Let’s talk about this push. It’s different,” says Dr. Jha. “The question is why? It’s because people don’t get to the hospital at the same rate. People don’t come into intensive care and thankfully people don’t die at the same rate. That’s so impressive progress.”
“So how did we get here? Did it happen automatically? No,” says Dr Jha. “A lot of Americans have been vaccinated and boosted – people need that reminder. We’ve done a lot of work. I’m trying to make sure people get treatment – Paxlovid is there, so infected people can get it. take and it prevents them from going to the hospital.”
“Our job is to make sure – look, cases are going to go up, cases are going to go down – we have to make sure people don’t get super sick. That takes work. And that’s what we’re focusing on,” says Dr Jha. “The death toll is really low. And again, we want to bring it down even further. We’re not done. But we’re making real progress on that.”
“Masking works. If you wear a high-quality mask, you protect yourself, you protect others,” says Dr Jha. “You know, with mandates, I’ve thought for two years that mandates are local decisions made by local officials. Why? Circumstances in every city, every state are different. People are different. People’s tolerance for respect to these things is different.. So I think you’re going to see some places put out warrants. I think other places aren’t going to do that. What we know is now we have a lot of masks available, people can go out and protect themselves. “I don’t think we’re going to see anything uniform across America. We are quite a large and diverse country. You’re going to see a lot of different policies in different places.”
“If women get COVID during pregnancy, they can get very sick, so getting vaccinated during pregnancy is a huge thing,” says Dr Jha. “I understand it’s scary, but we know vaccines are safe in pregnancy and they make a huge difference. What about the nine-month-old? And now what about he baby’s five and over is really clear: children had better be protected. That’s why I have three children, all of whom have been vaccinated and boosted. Under five, we’ll find out more in the next two weeks. I don’t want to prejudge that outcome, do we? Because they’re going to make the decision, but I expect we’ll see some pretty compelling evidence that it’s better “Your nine-month-old gets vaccinated. Two shots, three shots, we don’t know yet. We’re waiting to see what the FDA and CDC recommendations are. And we’ll take it from there.”
“It’s true that children don’t get as sick as adults when they get COVID,” says Dr. Jha. “But what we do know is that some kids end up getting sick. Some kids even end up in the hospital, and vaccines are great for preventing serious illnesses, even for children. So in that context for me , and we also know that vaccines are incredibly safe, that’s why we’ve had our children vaccinated, and by the way, every doctor I know, every pediatrician I know has had their children vaccinated. is not like what, what are we talking about here? It’s like people walking the boardwalk, right? What I say to parents is that you should look at the data. You should talk to your pediatrician You should talk to your family doctor and get advice from them because they are the people you trust to take care of you and your children. that the evidence here is clear. Children should make themselves go vaccinate.
Follow the basics of public health and help end this pandemic, wherever you live – get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 maskdo not travel, socially distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you do not shelter with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and that of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where you are most likely to catch COVID.
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