Is the COVID-19 pandemic’s finish in sight? “We’ll reside with the virus,” Dr. David Agus says
The director of the World Well being Group stated this week that “the tip is in sight” for the coronavirus pandemic. CBS Information medical contributor Dr. David Agus stated though he believes the U.S. is “on the finish of the pandemic,” COVID-19 shouldn’t be essentially “over.”
“I do suppose COVID-19 goes to proceed,” Agus advised “CBS Mornings” on Friday. “It’s not going to be a pandemic that shuts issues down. We’ll reside with the virus. We’re not going to cover from it. Individuals are nonetheless going to get it.”
The doctor stated booster photographs and Pfizer’stablet will assist preserve folks from dying or being hospitalized from the virus.
“We’ll should get used to testing once we really feel sick and staying house,” he stated. “That is our common cadence for the subsequent couple years.”
He inspired folks to develop into absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID in the event that they have not but, including that it’s secure to combine booster doses and that doing so gives a “bump in immunity.”
And with flu season approaching, Agus additionally urged folks to get their flu photographs.
“For 2 years — 40 million folks usually get [the flu] a 12 months — they did not, so we’ve much less immunity to the flu,” he stated.
He additionally pushed for extra monkeypox vaccines to be supplied to communities the place the virus is spreading.
“It is nonetheless on this inhabitants of people, homosexual males predominantly,” Agus stated. “We have to get extra vaccines to them, and in the event that they do get it, we have to deal with them as a result of we’ve therapies that work, so monkeypox, sadly, it is unfold like wildfire, however now it is getting underneath management.”