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A path out of the pandemic

By William A. Haseltine

16 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Although public uptake of Covid vaccines has decreased with each new booster, the pandemic is still far from over, William Haseltine writes in PS. A new strategy for fighting the virus is needed.

AIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT – We have made extraordinary progress in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since the dark days of 2020. Yet, in many ways, we are back to square one. Public-health precautions are virtually nonexistent in most parts of the world, and the current vaccines and drugs can neither prevent nor even effectively treat infections in broad swaths of the population.

Make no mistake: COVID-19 still poses a clear and present danger. Research shows that two or more COVID-19 re-infections doubles the risk for death, blood clots, and lung damage, among other negative health outcomes. The risk of cardiovascular events has been found to increase by 4.5% for up to 12 months after an infection, regardless of age, race, sex, obesity, smoking, or other factors.

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