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Virus Expert Just Warned of This COVID “Spike”

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The coronavirus cases are rising again, and the timing couldn’t be worse, with holiday travel and colder months approaching. How can you stay safe out there, and what does the “end” of this pandemic look like? Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the FDA, appeared on Face the Nation yesterday morning. Read on for five life-saving pieces of advice he shared, as well as his warnings about where COVID will strike next—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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Virus Expert Warned of Upcoming “Spike”

“Well, look, we’re going to see a post-holiday spike,” warned Gottlieb. “There’s no question about that. People are exhausted right now, but we need to remain vigilant just for a little bit longer. I think we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of declining prevalence on the backend of this Delta wave. And also with the deployment of new technology that we have, we now have orally available drugs that should be available in the first quarter. We have vaccines available to children. So we see a point in time when this is going to still be a pervasive risk COVID, but it’s not going to be the prevalent risk. It is right now where it dominates our lives.”

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Virus Expert Said “Things are Going to Get Worse” in These States

“Now, when you look across the country, though, you really have to look at the country in terms of about 10 different regions and how this coronavirus has been experienced all through this pandemic,” said Gottlieb. “So if you’re in parts of the south right now or the Southeast, even if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, where cases are coming down quite dramatically, or the Plain states or certain Mountain states, things are looking pretty good. And south—in the south, the prevalence is very low and unlikely to bump up substantially. But if you’re in the Southwest right now, you’re in the Great Lakes region, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, you’re in parts of New England or Western Pennsylvania, Northern New York or certain Mountain states like Colorado. Things don’t look good. You haven’t experienced the Delta wave yet. And things are going to get worse before they get better.”

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There’s Also Risk Here, Says Virus Expert

“We may have to get revaccinated for this on an annual basis, but this is not going to be sort of the pervasive risks that it is right now, where it dominates our lives and dominates the economy. But there are some parts of the country that still haven’t had their had their Delta wave that unfortunately are going to be hit pretty hard, especially the unvaccinated or under vaccinated parts of the country, like the Southwest right now, or certain states around the great lakes. There’s a question. What happens in the tri-state region or the mid Atlantic? We have higher vaccination rates and higher rates of prior infection so far. They’re not seeing the big upticks. I think there’s still some risk in those parts of the country as well.”

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Virus Expert Says This is What the “End” May Look Like

“I think COVID is going to be under control on the back end of this Delta wave through a combination of population wide immunity. We’re going to have a lot of people with immunity, either through vaccination or through infection. People who choose not to get backstage. They’re probably going to get infected by this Delta variant, as well as the more rapid and widespread deployment of the tools that we’re now getting available. The orally available antiviral drugs that people should have available in the first quarter of things go well, including one drug from the company I’m on the board of Pfizer, as well as the widespread availability of vaccines, including for children. We now have the tools to really get this under control of COVID is not going away. This is going to be an endemic virus. It stays with us a lot like the flu.”

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Virus Expert Says This May be the “Biggest Mistake” of the Pandemic

“I think when we look back, this may be a very big missed opportunity to try to get ahead of this Delta wave again, because this is going to be the fastest way that we can increase the total immunity in the population. We have to look at the immunity in terms of not just how many people have been vaccinated, but also the depth of immunity. How many people have a lot of residual immune protection against this virus and are going to be what we call a dead end host and not going to be someone who can catch and spread this virus. And the fastest way to turn someone into a dead end host is to get them fully vaccinated. There’s a lot of people with declining vaccine effectiveness right now who can both catch and spread this virus. If we give them a boost and we restore the full effectiveness of that vaccine, the other way, unfortunately, is to get immunity into the population quickly is to get people infected. And unfortunately, that’s the way a lot of people are choosing to do this. If you go out and start vaccinating someone right now for the first time, it might take five or six weeks for them to get full immunity. In many parts of the country, this Delta wave will be over in five or six weeks. So we need to do what we can right now.” So get vaccinated ASAP and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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