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Health expert: Surge in COVID-19 cases should no longer be the ‘key metric’ of the pandemic

Health expert: Surge in COVID-19 cases should no longer be the 'key metric' of the pandemic

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(The Hill) – The more mild symptoms reported by people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus prove that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from becoming seriously ill or dying from the disease, a leading health expert said. That the number of cases should not increase. is now the central metric by which to measure the pandemic.

Ashish K Jha, dean of Brown University and former Harvard health expert, said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” “For two years, the infection was always preceded by hospitalization, which preceded death, So you could look at the infections and know what’s going on.” “On Sunday.” O’Micron turns it up. This is the change we have been waiting for in many ways.”

The country has shifted, Jha said, to a place where vaccinated people, and especially those who have received a booster shot, are “going to bounce back” if they become infected with the coronavirus.

“It’s very different from what we’ve seen in the past,” he said. “So I no longer think that transition, generally, should be the key metric.”

Cases across the US and globally have reached record levels not seen since the start of the pandemic, and the Omicron variant has now become a major part of infections, including success in fully immunized and increased people .

Jha said it is important that health officials track infections among non-vaccinated individuals “as those people will end up in hospital.”

“But we really need to focus on hospitalizations and deaths now,” he said.

Also on Sunday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said he is optimistic that the nation is now in a better position to defeat the pandemic than when the outbreak began, citing testing and vaccine capabilities.

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