Dr. Jon Leizman Advises the Huffington Post on How to Stay Vigilant Through the End of the COVID-19 Pandemic

After nearly a year of profound uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic, a vaccine is available and the end appears to be in sight. However, experts warn we are at a dangerous and pivotal moment – a time where we must stay vigilant and committed to the prevention strategies we know work. This includes masks, social distancing, and eliminating non-essential travel.

“There’s definitely fatigue. We’re tired of staying in. We’re tired of staying at home. We’re tired of not eating out. We’re tired of missing holidays, said Jonathan Leizman, chief medical officer at Premise Health. “As a matter of perspective… this is truly a once-in-a-century – perhaps once-in-four-centuries – global pandemic that has impacted millions upon millions of people worldwide.”

We cannot afford to go numb to that fact right now.

“The vaccine is good at protecting against severe disease,” Leizman said. “We do not yet have enough data and information to conclude that it also significantly reduces transmission. I think there’s an assumption that is the case, but until we have more data we really need to make sure people are [getting] both doses of the vaccines, and that people are continuing to protect themselves and their loved ones by following those basic measures like wearing a mask.”

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