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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, 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 doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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CDC: Two-Thirds of COVID-19 Patients Ages 12-17 are Obese

“Of the patients hospitalized for COVID-19, the most common underlying conditions were obesity”

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New t-shirts that read “Mandate Exercise” are gaining popularity and even the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) may be all for it. Childhood obesity has already been deemed a pandemic for years, but the spread of coronavirus highlighted just how dangerous it is.

A recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found “approximately two-thirds of COVID-19 patients aged 12-17 were obese, and the length of stay in the hospital was twice that of non-obese adolescents” reports CBS17.

The CDC found that in addition to obesity, 34.7 percent of children with an underlying condition were more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit than those without an underlying condition at 23.9 percent.

The study, which included hospitals in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana and Texas, found “of the patients hospitalized for COVID-19, the most common underlying conditions were obesity at 32.4 percent, followed by asthma at 10 percent, and then feeding tube dependence at 8.3 percent.

The researchers also found that the majority of the children hospitalized for COVID-19 were Black or Hispanic, and either under the age of 5 or between 12 and 17 years old. The study found that only 0.4 percent of those hospitalized adolescents who were vaccine-eligible were fully vaccinated.

In 2018 the CDC released a report that childhood obesity affected approximately 14 million children and adolescents in America. Add a viral pandemic to the equation and it does indeed look like “mandate exercise” is our best bet.

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