Michigan’s latest COVID-19 ‘surge’ is different, says El-Sayed: ‘It’s not 2020 anymore’ – Community News
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Michigan’s latest COVID-19 ‘surge’ is different, says El-Sayed: ‘It’s not 2020 anymore’

Michigan Now Leads the Country in the Rise of New COVID-19 cases, many are concerned about as Michiganders begin to gather for the holidays. dr. Abdul El-Sayed says new cases may rise, but the threat of COVID-19 is much less sinister than before for vaccinated people.

COVID is not the only risk. We are constantly taking risks. And because of the vaccine, they are extraordinarily low.” —Abdul El-Sayed


Listen: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed says the risks of COVID-19 are very different from before.


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dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a public health physician, political activist, and former director of the Detroit Health Department. He recently wrote an article entitled: “We need a new way of measuring” COVID: The number of cases is rising again, but that does not mean that we are going backwards.” He says that even with the wave of new cases in Michigan, the risk profile of COVID-19 is very different from last year. “COVID is not the only risk. We are constantly taking risks. And because of the vaccine, they are extraordinarily low.” However, El-Sayed still advises caution when gathering for Thanksgiving amid potential breakout cases. “The risks are real. I don’t want anyone to hear this conversation and say, ‘Abdul says the pandemic is over.’ It’s not.”

El-Sayed says that the COVID-19 pandemic is now a mix of two separate pandemics; one of the vaccinated, and the much more serious of the unvaccinated. “I want people to remember that getting that vaccine is the most important… The experience of… COVID is now becoming so fundamentally unequal.” According to him, vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones when you get together during the holiday season. “You don’t want this Thanksgiving to be the reason someone isn’t joining you next Thanksgiving.”

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