The writer is a science commentator
Saturday is just two years later I wrote first Unexplained viral pneumonia affecting 59 people in a Chinese city I have never heard of. The clear connection to the living animal market, reflecting the origin of Sars-1, gave me a vague premonition, but I didn’t know what was coming.who I have been recording since then 300 million infections and 5.46 million deaths.
Two years later, the beginning of 2022 is reminiscent of the past winter. UK hospitals are full of Covid-19 patients. The coronavirus briefing, in which advisors Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty play Boris Johnson’s Pangros with a stone-faced Cassandra, is back on the British screen. In the midst of the epidemic, the reopening of school can be felt at Knife Edge this year as it was in January last year.
Still, this is 2022, not 2020 or 2021. Vaccines and antivirals have changed the pandemic game of high-income countries. Currently, it is primarily an unvaccinated intensive care unit. Science has realized what is required about it.
But beyond that, many lessons remain unlearned. First, vaccines alone can prevent serious illness and death, but they cannot end a pandemic. They reduce infections, but they do not stop them. In addition, much of the interconnected world remains unvaccinated. Both factors carry the risk of creating mutants such as Omicron that allow continuous spread and evade immunity.
It has long been a compelling argument for both immunizing the world and controlling transmission — but the former is still a distant outlook.Less than 4% of adults Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country is fully immunized. The IMF warned in October that a “significant division of vaccination” could cost the global economy $ 5.3 trillion over the next five years.
For infections, I can use masks, ventilation, remote work, testing and tracking, quarantine, quarantine, and, if necessary, physical distance to delay the spread of this aerial virus. We know. This “vaccine plus” approach is not an emphasis on “blocking”, but a way to prevent it.
It does not stop some countries, such as England, on their own chaotic path. Despite expert advice, the NHS is overwhelmed as Johnson hesitates to implement countermeasures in the face of super-infectious Omicrons. Omicron may not be as severe as Delta, but patients still need beds and staff. The hospital, which was hit by a record-breaking absence of Covid-related staff, has ceased normal service and has declared a serious incident. Military medics have been drafted.
This is the daily number of infections (180,000 new cases on Thursday), with fewer tests now, and shorter quarantine periods to avoid staff shortages in critical infrastructure. Inadequate testing means losing sight of the virus. In countries where spreads are not checked, there is a risk of accumulating uncertain health burdens in the future, such as long Covids, growing new variants, and being listed on the Red List as an exclusion zone. Outbreaks also cannot prevent a wave of future illnesses. Obviously, the only viable way to learn to live with Covid-19 is to live much less, even in a milder form.
But countries like the UK and the US Still clinging to myth Its health and wealth is a zero-sum game. In fact, countries like South Korea and Taiwan have continued to spread, significantly preventing long-term blockades, minimizing deaths and illnesses, and prospering economically. In South Korea, with a population of 52 million, the death toll is less than 6,000. In contrast, Britain lost 150,000 lives in a pandemic. In the United States, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed more than 675,000 people. I didn’t expect to see such a high level of avoidable suffering normalize in a wealthy economy. Better action requires political leadership, such as a credible health message and a willingness to act early. Perfect data is the enemy of a good pandemic policy.
Perhaps the last, somewhat obvious lesson was that it took me a long time to learn. The pandemic is not just a virus, it is shaped by our collective reaction to it. We all came to this outbreak with previous hopes, beliefs, prejudices and fears. Faced with the worst pandemic of the century, many of my fellow citizens claim Covid-19 as a hoax, reject safe and effective vaccines, spread conspiracy theories, scientists, doctors and nurses. I never thought I would make a teacher’s enemy. ..
that is Vaccine confidence In the London School of Economics and Tropical Medicine project, I got involved with people who think differently rather than judge them. That’s how I learned that rejecting Covid Jab is a political rebellion for the thoughtful youth of my acquaintance.
For some, refusal of a vaccine has nothing to do with distrust of science, but with maintaining a personal agency in a crisis that has helped many. I once sympathized with Emmanuel Macron and said, “emmerderNot vaccinated according to record infection level. Now that I’ve lined up in gratitude for my third dose among those who have taken the first step, I suspect that empathy may not help to end the pandemic faster.
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