Expert Says Diligence And Vaccine Use Needed To Ensure COVID-19 Elimination
Germ expert says we are in the final stages of the pandemic, but while many people feel confident about their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines, due diligence is now more important than ever.
As more people take their second dose, what governments and health officials need to work on is essentially clearing the virus out, sparing an occasional outbreak, Jason Tetro, microbiologist and author of The germ files, Told Weekend in Saskatchewan host Shauna Powers.
“It may end up happening even with elimination status, but that means for the most part the locks, restrictions, all of that is going to go away and we can get back to normal life,” says Tetro.
Immunization rates in Saskatchewan continue to climb. Information released over the weekend shows that 77% of people 40 and over received their first dose, alongside 71% of those 30 and over and 65% of those over 18.
Saskatchewan’s plan to reopen is based on vaccination rates and Tetro says the government needs to make sure those who hesitate have the information and encouragement they need to roll up their sleeves.
Tetro highlighted some of the offers elsewhere in the world in the form of free utility credits or lottery tickets that governments and health authorities are offering to get people online. “It’s called the donut principle,” he said.
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“It’s a process that’s officially known as the social boost and what it does is get people to think about doing something because of the reward,” he said. -he declares. “Although it may sound like a bribe, there is about five to ten percent of the population who will be corrupt.”
Tetro says that there can be resurgences and people are still vulnerable to the virus because they have not been vaccinated, there are many ways to keep the presence of the virus low.
“Does that mean we need to label people who haven’t been vaccinated? Does it mean we need to point fingers at them or just say you can’t travel? I don’t think so,” he said. “We’re going to have rapid tests, we’re going to have so many options to be able to make sure we’re keeping this virus at a elimination level.”
He pointed out that while people may feel more comfortable as vaccine levels continue to rise, he encourages people to continue with best practices – such as those around headgear – to prevent the spread. spread of things like colds and flu, indicating low flu rates. throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
He says people should wear “a mask with pride” and protect themselves against COVID-19 variants and other threats, noting that vaccines and due diligence are both needed.
“This is really how we come to the end,” he said.