COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – As worm infestations begin to decline, experts say it’s time to move on to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic – learning to live with the virus.
Experts say this phase is about deciding what is best for you.
Columbus residents like Elijah Salahuddin said with so much information flowing around, he is trying to simplify it in a way he can understand.
“Am I confused? Yes. Do I know what’s going on? Not really,” Salahuddin said. “But that’s when you take the opportunity to educate yourself.”
When she talked about what comes next in the COVID-19 pandemic, Isabella Vettinger said she wished there was a definitive answer to this new chapter, but she realizes that everyone deserves a choice.
“There has to be progression,” Vettinger said. “I think there just has to be something smart about how we move forward.”
Infectious Diseases Physician at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, Mahdee Sobhanie, said that with many mask mandates no longer in place, it’s time to learn to live with the virus.
He wants to emphasize that living with the virus does not mean forgetting that COVID-19 exists, because COVID-19 will always exist, even if it is not at the height it once was.
“So that’s why when we say, ‘We have to learn to live with the virus,’ we are aware that COVID will continue to exist, there are different variants that will arise, and that’s why we must continue. with being aware of what the realities are that we face, ”said Sobhanie.
He said the vaccine is doing a good job of keeping up with the variants so far.
Sobhanie said COVID-19 will eventually turn into another virus like the flu, but we are not quite there yet.
“I think it’s a little hard to say when ‘Oh, it’s going to be COVID season,'” Sobhanie said. “I think we go through a lot of peaks and climbs, so we have to be aware of our behavior based on what we see.”
He said that learning to live with the virus is to find out what is the best protection method for you. Sobhanie added that there are now a number of COVID-19 therapies like the monoclonal treatment or oral pills, but that people should talk to their primary care physicians before doing any of them.
“This is definitely a time when you should get a primary care physician,” Sobhanie said. “You should have someone where you sit down and talk about your health. Everyone’s immune system reacts differently to their underlying conditions.”
He said there is still a major concern for those with underlying health conditions such as diabetes or cancer.
People with these conditions should not be afraid to wear a mask in public or during travel, Sobhanie said.
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