While Britons are currently required to wear face masks in indoor public areas and are advised to work from home whenever possible, Johnson made it clear that he no longer wants to introduce curbs.
He’s not alone.
Italy, France, Greece and Spain have all reported record numbers of new infections in recent days, but unlike previous peaks of infection, they are not bringing back strict lockdowns.
The approach appears to be based on what we know so far about the Omicron variant that is now dominant in the United States and much of Europe. Research suggests that the variant causes milder disease and that vaccination gives people a high degree of protection, especially after a booster dose.
But when addressing the nation on Tuesday, President Joe Biden made no mention of new restrictions, but emphasized the tools the US has in its fight against the virus and implored Americans to “please take advantage of what we already have.”
“And if you’re not vaccinated, you have reason to be concerned. Many of you will experience serious illness if you get Covid-19 if you’re not vaccinated. Some will die – die needlessly,” he added.
DailyExpertNews Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen said the fact that vaccines are available and effective has changed the calculations surrounding lockdowns.
“It is unreasonable to ask vaccinated people to abstain from pre-pandemic activities, because the individual risk to them is low, and there is a high price to keep students out of school, close restaurants and shops, and travel and trade.” stop,” she added.
Instead, Wen urged people to take necessary precautions, such as wearing high-quality masks and getting a booster, to reduce their risk of becoming infected and infecting others, to protect the healthcare system and prevent disruptions. to a minimum.
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Q: What is “flurona” and how serious is it?
The flu and Covid-19 are respiratory illnesses and can cause similar symptoms, such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache and fatigue, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Lockdowns and wearing masks helped limit the spread of flu earlier in the pandemic, but as society opens up, the number of cases is expected to increase.
“It’s interesting that after you’ve had a year of very, very low, or no flu activity at all, the next year, because people were less exposed to it, they become more vulnerable,” said Nadav Davidovitch, director of the School of Public Health. in Ben. -Gurion University in Israel, told DailyExpertNews.
He added that for those without underlying health conditions who have been vaccinated against both the flu and Covid-19, these viruses are unlikely to have a “major effect on the individual”.
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Darryl Chan tested positive for Covid-19 when he landed in Hong Kong last month. More than two weeks later – and despite never showing any symptoms – he is isolated in a hospital bed with no sign of being allowed to leave. “I think the worst part is I don’t know when I’ll be able to get out,” he said.
‘We cannot vaccinate the planet every six months’
“We can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months. It’s not sustainable or affordable,” Professor Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and head of the UK’s Vaccination and Immunization Committee, told The Daily Telegraph in a statement. interview. published Tuesday.
Pollard also stressed the “need to target the vulnerable in the future,” rather than administering doses to anyone aged 12 and older. More data is needed to establish “whether, when and how often those who are vulnerable need additional doses,” he said.
It won’t be a pandemic forever. This is what could be next
Even after Covid-19 cases drop from their current all-time high, it’s unlikely the United States — let alone the world — will be able to completely eliminate the coronavirus that causes them.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved emergency use of booster doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15.