Context : Dr. Ashish Jha rejects responsible non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI's) in the face of the XBB, BA.2.75, and QB.1.1 outbreaks. These three variants reportedly escape all prior immunity.
We have treatments. We have lots of testing capability. In that context, yes. I mean, obviously we're looking at the flu. We're looking at and worried about we might see with COVID or RSV. But I don't think we're going to need to do anything that resembles what we had to do in previous winters. I really do think we're in a very, very different place.
... [A]n outbreak caused by one of these highly drug- and antibody-resistant variants could be much worse due to many world governments performing far less testing and reduced public health surveillance compared to 2020 and 2021. ... .
Whatever this winter throws at us, we're going to need all the tools at our disposal — including vaccines, masks and improved ventilation systems — to keep devastating COVID infections at bay.(Source)
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