Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, US general surgeon, and his family have tested positive for coronavirus. Dr. Murthy said on Friday that he and his wife had mild symptoms.
He has muscle aches, chills and sore throat, he say on Twitter, while his wife had a headache and was tired. He says his 5-year-old son has a low-grade fever, and his 4-year-old daughter, who tested positive over the weekend, is improving.
He also expressed the frustration that parents share every day when their children are sick, knowing they are exposing themselves while comforting their loved ones. But it was a choice he said he and his wife would make again.
“Once you are as safe as possible, taking Covid-19 can be frustrating and frustrating,” Dr. Murthy writes. “I felt it. It can also be a source of shame. Many people think that you must have been careless to get sick. Our safety measures reduce risk, but they cannot eliminate it. Nothing is possible. ”
The fact that one of the US government’s top public health agencies and his family has been infected with Covid highlights the unusual transmissibility of the Omicron variant and how accurate its forecasts are. any.
Although the number of new cases in many places has returned to where it was before the latest spike, the average daily number of Omicron infections in the US is more than 100,000 and the average daily number of deaths is more than 2,300 . And it does this while appearing to cause less severe illness than its predecessors.
Omicron has infected millions of people, and may have infected many others untested. At the same time, tens of millions of people remain vulnerable.
Weakened immunity, new variants, and people choosing to remain unvaccinated have helped create herd immunity, and the idea that the virus can be contained is a relic of the original pandemic. .
Many scientists say that it is unlikely that the coronavirus will go away, and that the immunity of the population against the virus will not be perfect, for a variety of reasons.
Health officials estimate by 2020 that vaccinating about 70 percent of the population could push the country past the threshold of herd immunity, meaning the coronavirus will become a much less significant threat. .
Dr. Murthy used herself as an example to remind people of the threat Omicron continues to pose.
“So if you did everything you could and got Covid-19 anyway, don’t beat yourself up,” he wrote. “A lot of us are doing the best we can. And don’t assume that sick people are careless. We don’t know everyone’s plight. They may not be able to protect themselves the way we can.”
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