According to Dr. Vivek Murthy, leading Indian-American advisor to President-elect Joe Biden on COVID-, it is easier for coronavirus to spread indoors than outdoors as people stay inside their homes during the winter. This is perfect preparation for contagion. 19th
The 43-year-old former U.S. surgeon general, co-chair of Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, told Fox News on Sunday that people are tired of the pandemic’s fatigue.
“What is happening right now is that in winter, when people move around indoors, this is actually the perfect facility for the virus as we know it can spread more easily indoors than outdoors,” said Dr. Murthy.
There is one final component that is really important is pandemic fatigue, he said.
“We have been on this pandemic for many months now and I understand that. Part of that fatigue means people are letting others into their bladders, meeting for personal dinner parties, game nights and health departments are now tracing more and more cases to these types of gatherings “said Dr. Murthy advising Biden on COVID-19.
All of this together resulted in the recent explosion of COVID-19 cases in the United States, he said.
The US is the worst hit country with over 11 million cases and 246,000 deaths.
Dr. Murthy, who was asked to resign as US surgeon general at the beginning of the Trump administration, is expected to hold a prominent position in the next Biden-Harris administration.
He said that one of the most immediate measures is to reduce the spread.
“It actually resides in our behavior and the choices we make. It turns out that wearing masks, keeping away from others, and washing our hands seem almost too easy, but very effective at actually reducing the spread “said Dr. Murthy.
Biden has talked about expanding testing capacity and increasing contact tracing so the infection can be contained, he said.
“He wants to increase the production of personal protective equipment so that all of our healthcare workers wear masks and gloves. And he wants to put together really clear guidelines, evidence-based guidelines, so that schools and companies, but also government organizations, huge sports leagues and families, know how to stay safe works, “he said.
None of this will be possible if the public’s trust is not won, Murthy said.
“You do this by communicating honestly, leading with academia and scientists in the face of this pandemic, and ultimately delivering results,” noted Dr. Murthy.
When asked, he replied that the national lockdown was a last resort. The country has learned a lot more now than it did in the spring of this year.
“If we just lock the whole country down without targeting our efforts, we will exacerbate the pandemic fatigue people are feeling. You will damage jobs and the economy, you will close and hurt schools.” raising our children. So we’re approaching this with the precision of a scalpel, rather than the blunt force of an ax, “he said.
According to Dr. Murthy, getting the vaccine is the hardest part of this pandemic response.
“We have vaccinated Americans in our country for many years, but the campaign we need to develop to vaccinate enough people and create herd immunity in America is going to be the most ambitious vaccination campaign I believe in our country’s history, and for it people need to trust that the vaccine is safe and effective.
“Unfortunately, we know from recent polls that a significant number of people are concerned that the process of vaccine development and approval may have been politicized. It is now up to us to be as transparent as possible and help them understand You what the scientists say and have the data reviewed by experts so that it can also be reviewed by people outside of the government, “Murthy said.
“That’s what we have to do, and ultimately, the way we assign this vaccine has to be determined based on needs … We can’t allow politics to creep into decisions that we hit vaccine in the area because otherwise we will be putting lives on the line, “he added.
To date, coronavirus has infected more than 54 million people and killed over 1.3 million people worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker.