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Pandemic: What would next year look like?

During this awareness of pandemic era, washing their hands, and staying at least six feet away from others in public, some people if not all persons are concerned about how next year would be as the year 2020 is drawing to an end.

According to CBS News chief medical correspondent and 60 Minutes contributor Dr. Jon LaPook, Dr. Anthony Fauci looked ahead to how the virus may impact Americans’ lives in the year to come. Fauci said; “Having a coronavirus vaccine, for the pandemic era, will not mean that other precautions will automatically end”.

He added that the impact of a vaccine, would depend on both its efficacy and the proportion of people who take it. Dr. Fauci went ahead to caution, stating that, even if scientists release a vaccine by the beginning of next year, people will likely still need to carry out public health precautions including wearing a mask. 

“I think we’ll be fine,” Fauci said. “But it’s not going to be, I think, well into and towards the end of next year.” 

“Let’s see if we could put this to rest once and for all,” Fauci said this week. “It became clear that cloth covering things like this here, and not necessarily a surgical mask or an N95, cloth coverings, work. Now there’s no longer a shortage of masks. Number two, meta-analysis studies show that, contrary to what we thought, masks really do work in preventing infection.” 

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci, has been an outspoken member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He told LaPook that, in the next year, the nation must improve its testing approach by lowering costs and increasing access, both for public health and for peoples’ peace of mind. He said he envisions a day in which tests are available at a pharmacy for $2 apiece.

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Going by the pandemic rate, LaPook offered his own advice — do not forget about preventive medicine. Routine tests and screenings — such as mammograms, colonoscopies, Pap smears, and blood pressure checks — can spot an illness before it worsens. Health care providers are taking extra precautions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, LaPook said, so people should maintain their schedule for these screenings and not be afraid to go to their doctor’s office.

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He additionally advised that people take their own precautions when seeing their doctor, including wearing a mask and staying home if they had recently been exposed to COVID-19. 

“It’s not going to be going totally back to normal right now,” LaPook said. “But if we want to head towards normal, we’ve got to follow the public health advice. It’s as simple as that.”

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