The BA.5 variant has increased COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, but Dr Jeremy Faust says we’re not back to square one: “It’s not good, but we’re not that bad .”
Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, said in an interview with Black Iowa News that there will be “surges of new variants for the foreseeable future.”
“But the meaning of these waves has changed, and that’s why I want to make sure people don’t get discouraged,” Faust said. “It’s a shame that BA.5 is here and causing cases and hospitalizations. But it’s not like 2020, where every patient I treat has terrible pneumonia and is oxygen hungry and going to be on a ventilator .
Faust, who also writes “Inside Medicine” for Bulletin and is the editor of MedPage Today, advised people to continue to mask up in crowded areas and be outdoors as much as possible, and to vaccinate children before the start of the school year in the fall. .
He said it was important to find and consume reliable data on COVID-19 because things are changing so quickly — he suggested the CDC, state and local health departments, as well as blogs and reputable social media accounts.
As for the future, Faust noted that there will soon be better vaccines and treatments to treat COVID-19, and that gives him hope.
“We’re going to have vaccines this fall that target Omicron and that’s a good thing,” he told the publication. “And I think vaccines like nasal vaccines called mucosal vaccines might be kind of the key to all of that – in terms of making sure we can really stop the virus from being around us all the time.
“We’ve made so much progress,” Faust said.
Read the full interview here.
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