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Here’s how a current and former Boston doctor thinks Biden should deal with the new wave


“I would reinstate mask mandates for high-risk indoor transmission, especially public transit.”

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, a current and former Boston doctor is calling on US health authorities to be more consistent in their messaging and take further steps to protect high-risk communities.

Dr. Abraar Karan, an infectious disease researcher at Stanford who previously worked on the COVID-19 response in Massachusetts, and Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of Inside Medicine at, are appeared on The Mehdi Hasan Show this week.

Hasan, a British-American political journalist, acknowledged that Karan and Faust had criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health authorities.

“If Dr Ashish Jha or Dr Anthony Fauci called you up and said, ‘What’s the one thing we should be doing that we’re not doing? You criticized on Twitter – what would you do if you were us? he asked the doctors.

Karan, who previously worked as a research consultant with the Independent Pandemic Preparedness and Response Group on COVID-19 Epidemiology, commissioned by the WHO, stressed the importance of masking and adequate ventilation. .

“First, I would reinstate mask mandates for high-risk indoor transmission, especially public transit, and focus on comfortable, high-quality N95s,” he said.

“Secondly, I would be very transparent about what we are doing regarding ventilation efforts,” he continued. “How can we increase air changes per hour in indoor buildings? What is the progress on that? What is the timeline? What is the funding? How will it happen and when will it happen? Those are two key things I would like to know and want to do right now.

Faust, who is also editor of MedPage Today, said health officials should spend time and resources going door-to-door to get people in high-risk communities vaccinated and stimulated.

“We still haven’t reached communities of color,” he said. “Last year we had this massive deployment of the vaccine, and then when the booster came; many of these megasites had disappeared, so we did not enter the most at-risk communities.

“So we have to literally go door to door to find the people most at risk, the elderly, the immunocompromised, people of color,” Faust said, adding that he agreed with Karan, claiming that the N95 masking is “huge because it’s a real difference with those variants.

Watch the doctors’ full responses below:


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