People travel to vacation destinations and it is hard to not think of U.S.COVID numbers flying with them.
The 2020 worst U.S. spike occurred right after Thanksgiving. What does this year hold for both more travel and vaccine protection?
Earlier this year, the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Michael Osterholm said the worst wasn’t likely behind us.
“I think that this is just leaving us now with again, you understand, when the virus do what it does, then why does it do so? What can we do to control it? It is understandable that more people travel, and more people are indoors together. This would boost transmission. But based last year’s experience, we need to be honest with ourselves and say that we don’t know yet.” Osterholm added.
Last year, there were no vaccines available. There is widespread availability of vaccines this year, with new authorization for children five years old and older.
Osterholm states that it’s a concern when you consider pandemic-record traveling, the delta variant, waning immunity to vaccines, and new surges of cases in kids.
He stated that data from Europe shows that countries with high vaccination rates (80%) are still suffering from serious illness and death. This reinforces the fact we need to protect as much population as possible through vaccinations and immunity from natural infections. “It’s likely that this protection will need to be increased with boosters on a regular basis going forward.
Last week, boosters were approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panels. However, they did not urge them for all adults and only recommended them for people over 50.
Osterholm believes they were wrong and published an article in The Washington Post stating the same with Dr. Eric Topol.
He stated that the big question will be “What will it look like six, eight months later if you get a boost?” A booster dose can be used to reduce the risk of breakthrough infections.
New CDC data shows unvaccinated people are 14 times more likely to die from COVID-19.
Osterholm’s Op-Ed states that the U.S. is below the 50 highest vaccinated countries at 59%