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Health expert: The spike in COVID-19 cases is no longer the ‘primary measure’ of the pandemic

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(Hill) – A leading health expert says people who are vaccinated against coronavirus are more likely to have mild symptoms, suggesting that vaccination is the best way to protect themselves from becoming seriously ill or dying from the disease. this, and that an increase in the number of cases is no longer the central indicator for measuring the pandemic.

“In two years, infections always precede deaths, so you can look at infections,” said Ashish K. Jha, president of Brown University and a former Harvard medical expert. and know what’s to come,” said Ashish K. Jha, president of Brown University and a former Harvard medical professional, in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “Omicron changes that. This is the change we have been waiting for in many ways.”

The country has moved to a place where people who are vaccinated, and especially those who have been given boosters, “will come back” if they get the coronavirus, Jha said.

“That’s very different from what we’ve seen in the past,” he said. “So I no longer think that infection, in general, should be the primary measure.”

Cases across the United States and globally have reached record levels not seen since the start of the pandemic, and the omicron variant now makes up the majority of infections, including breakthroughs in those diagnosed. Complete and booster vaccinations.

Jha said it is still important that health officials monitor the infection in people who are not vaccinated “because those people will have to be hospitalized”.

“But we really need to focus on hospitalizations and deaths,” he said.

Also on Sunday, General Surgeon Vivek Murthy said he is optimistic that the nation is now in a better position to beat the pandemic than when the outbreak began, citing enhanced testing and vaccine capacity.

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