Members of an advisory board that assisted President Biden with COVID-19 recommendations prior to his time in office are now calling on him to change tactics.
In a series of articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the doctors offered a variety of new plans for addressing COVID-19 in the future.
“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay,” the medical experts wrote in a piece, claiming the nation’s response must be “updated.”
The New Normal
The publication emphasized moving away from the goal of “ending” COVID or focusing on vaccines as a way to provide lifelong immunity. Instead, the article proposed the virus be included with other respiratory infections.
The nation should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more,” the publication added.
Rather than a pandemic, COVID-19 should be considered endemic though it is currently more serious than other similar illnesses in terms of numbers.
Another concern expressed in the publication was the emphasis on rebuilding trust.
The noted tit is important “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”
The ongoing political focus of COVID-19 and controversies surrounding Dr. Anthony Fauci have led to strong mistrust among many Americans related to the virus and recommendations to fight it.
In addition, strong censorship related to questioning of COVID-19 has added additional mistrust among Americans who see the inability to question the science behind the virus as unscientific.
It is unclear what impact the new medical publications will have on the future Biden administration strategy.
However, it is clear those involved in the research of addressing the virus are moving on to new recommendations of how to respond to COVID-19 in the days ahead.