if coronavirus cases go beyond 150,000 a day in America, are you protected from them? That was the central question dr. Anthony Faucic, the chief medical adviser to the president and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Sunday morning. on Meet the press, he discussed boosters and immunity after a COVID infection, and the five points you are about to read could save your life. Read on for each – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss this one Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
dr. Fauci said if you get COVID, you should still get vaccinated
“If you get infected, you get a strong immunity,” said Dr. Fauci. “There’s no doubt about that.” However, he warns, “the durability is unclear. There’s another fact: We know that if you get infected and recover and get vaccinated, your level of immunity is extraordinarily high, surpassing any other two-dose vaccines you get. So there are certain things that we do know, the two things I just mentioned, the thing that is still unclear is what the durability of natural infection-induced immunity is…. We know when you get an injection, after natural infection and recovery, you would get a very good immune response. So that’s a matter of interest and hopefully we can answer that in a quick way.”
dr. Fauci said this is who should get their booster shot
“A highly competent group of people advising the FDA has deliberated and concluded that instead of essentially anyone who has received the regular immunization of two injections can get a boost…” who are “65 years of age or older.” “And those 18 to 64 years old with underlying conditions that can make their response to infection severe are now getting a boost, said Dr. Fauci. “And those who have institutional or occupational settings would be more at risk of becoming exposed and infected. So that’s a fair amount of people in the United States.” He was talking about the Pfizer vaccine; those who have Moderna and J&J will have to wait now.
dr. Fauci said this is what high risk means:
Todd asked about “the definition of who falls into the high-risk category. Because that seems to be a bit subjective.” For example, should people in areas with low vaccination coverage be considered high risk? “The way the recommendation came out wasn’t in the sense of where you are geographically,” said Dr. Fauci. “It was about underlying conditions and they’re pretty well delineated with the CDC has categories of people who are at risk for more serious disease. When you talk about the next category are people ages 18 to 64, those based on institutional or occupational: “people who may be exposed based on what their occupation is, caregivers, people with essential jobs, where people from outside keep coming in, those are the types of people. It’s not said because you live in this state versus that.” (For a full list of the CDC’s risk categories, see: here.)
dr. Fauci said this is what the next three months look like
“The next three months are up to us,” said Dr. Fauci. “We still have about 70 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated, but who have not yet been vaccinated. If we vaccinated the vast majority of those people, when we are in the middle of late fall and winter, we would be the winter come through Well you know we always have to worry about the other respiratory infections especially the flu So we strongly encourage people to get the flu vaccine too I believe if we get that overwhelming majority of people vaccinated when we get the going into fall and winter, we can have good control over this and not have a bad winter at all.”
How to stay safe there
Follow Fauci’s founding principles and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.