COVID-19 Medical Check list

Year Three

May 11, 2022

It is startling to see the words “now in the third year of the pandemic” in print, but here we are. For the foreseeable future, it will be necessary to continually re-evaluate new variants, community transmission levels, strategies for infection prevention, and therapies available to help those who become sick.

Didn’t Dr. Fauci say we are out of the COVID-19 pandemic now?

Yes. And no. On April 26 he stated to PBS “NewsHour” that: “We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase.” The next day, April 27, he revised his statement in an interview with the Washington Post to say the U.S. is “out of the full-blown explosive pandemic phase,” meaning that we will continue to see new variants and new waves of infection, but hopefully the higher levels of immunity due to vaccination and/or previous infection will help us avoid the high levels of hospitalization, severe illness, and death seen earlier.

What are some things we can do to stay safe this summer?

Great question! Glad I asked myself that.

This is the last CPHO message of the 2021-2022 academic year. Best wishes to all for a healthy summer and thank you.

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