Newsday webinar: We don’t see a new wave of COVID-19, according to senior county health officials


There may be ripples. But the Nassau and Suffolk counties health commissioners said on Friday that despite concerns about the new delta variant, we still don’t see anything on Long Island that looks like a new wave of COVID-19.

Speaking at Newsday Live’s latest webinar titled “COVID-19 and the Delta Variant,” Nassau Health Commissioner Dr Lawrence Eisenstein and Suffolk Health Commissioner Dr Gregson H. Pigott said said that unlike the previous COVID-19 attack, fully vaccinated residents had relatively low hospitalization rates due to the virus – and no vaccinated residents in either county currently have need a fan.

And although both health officials said there had been a significant increase in the number of people infected – from a low of around 30 cases a day in July to around 300 a day now in Suffolk – the Most of the cases are, as Pigott put it, “among the unvaccinated.”

This does not mean, however, that you should not be careful if you are fully vaccinated.

“The three available vaccines are associated with groundbreaking cases,” Pigott said, meaning those vaccinated have always received COVID-19.

But even if a vaccinated person gets sick with the coronavirus, it probably won’t be as bad as if they weren’t vaccinated, they said.

“The vaccines work against the delta variant,” Pigott said. “You might have a few days of flu-like symptoms. Sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches. But then you’ll get over it.”

As Eisenstein said: “What we have seen is that vaccines work remarkably well.”

Pigott and Eisenstein both agreed that even fully vaccinated people would be better served to continue to wear a mask in high density situations, even outdoors. But, regarding another lockdown in our future, Eisenstein said: “Every year we have the flu and people get sick and unfortunately some people even die, but we don’t lock down. stressed, right now. “

If you are vaccinated you may need a booster in the future. But “we don’t see a push for booster shots yet,” Pigott said.

The key strategies remain: wearing a mask when you do not know the vaccination or infectious status of those around you, good hygiene and hand washing.

And, of course, said the two commissioners, being vaccinated. This is important, said Eisenstein and Pigott, because the higher the vaccination rate of the population, the sooner COVID-19 can be eradicated. Or, at least, the sooner the chances of future variant strains can be greatly reduced.

For now, the variant continues to prove to be more contagious than the previous strains, although the symptoms generally remain the same: loss of taste and smell, cough, fever, sore throat and chills. Coughing and shortness of breath are the biggest concerns, Pigott said. If you have these symptoms, seek immediate treatment, he said.

“The only thing that really scares me in the future is a mutation that vaccines don’t work for,” Eisenstein said. “But, the more people who get vaccinated, the less likely it is for viruses to mutate – and the less likely it is that more people will be infected.… We normally live with the flu, we normally live with d ‘other coronaviruses. “

Hopefully, he said, it will soon be the same with COVID-19.

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