COVID-19 – Day 475: Countries with or without the SARS-Cov-2

(E) There are countries such as New Zealand and Taiwan, where political and health care officials do not tolerate any spread of the SARS-Cov-2 (note that the political leaders in Taiwan and New Zealand are women). And, there are countries such as France and the U.S., where political and health care officials are tolerating the spread of the SARS-Cov-2.

It goes without saying that tolerating the spread of the virus leads to significant economic, social, and health care impacts.

Ideally, the best path forward is still to test with pooled/group testing or saliva tests everyone that is not vaccinated, and not to wait when people have Covid-19 symptoms to test them. And, isolate people who were infected among those tested.

We know now that vaccination stops the spread of the virus, and protects those who are vaccinated for at least 6 months, but we still do not know the full length of that protection. And, we also know that around 1% of people vaccinated can be re-infected.

And countries with high number of people infected tend to be a more favorable environment for new variants. And, in those countries with new variants, a higher number of people need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity.

The inrefutable bottom line is that living with the virus means dying with the virus.

So, we should not tolerate any spread of the virus.

I wish that all leaders would listen to their highly skilled epidemiologists. That would save lives:

Note: The picture above is a cool band playing in Pescadero on Sunday afternoons.

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