Makary: “Get the Vaccine, Wait a Month, Return to Normal”

From the doc who argues that herd immunity is right around the corner.
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Hopkins’ Dr. Marty Makary seems to be the only Fauci-contrarian that doesn’t get crushed by the mass and social media for  “spreading misinformation”.

My guess: It’s because he has a JHU credential, he cites real data and his views are very commonsensical.

Recently, he made a splash by declaring “We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April”.

In today’s WSJ, Makary strikes again with some heavy optimism re: the return to normalcy.

His foundational premise:

Throughout the pandemic, authorities have missed the mark on precautions … by focusing myopically on transmission risk and demanding “complete elimination of infection risk”.

As a result, the CDC “has lost a lot of credibility during the Covid-19 pandemic by being late or wrong on testing, masks, vaccine allocation and school reopening.

And now the CDC is being “ridiculously cautious” about the implications of the vaccines “stunning success”.

Specifically, he advises that, a month after their first dose, vaccinated people should keep wearing masks in public but, otherwise, go back to normal.

Besides the well publicized clinical test results (over 90% protection against symptomatic Covid with near-total protection against hospitalization and death), Makary cites “real life” evidence from Israel (whose vaccination program is months ahead of the rest of the world):

A study conducted by the Israeli Health Ministry and Pfizer showed that vaccination reduced transmission by 89% to 94% and almost totally prevented hospitalization and death.

Immunity kicks in fully about four weeks after the first vaccine dose, and then you are essentially bulletproof.

With the added safety of wearing a mask in public places  … there is little a vaccinated person should be discouraged from doing.

Makary concludes:

It’s time to liberate vaccinated people to restore their relationships and rebuild their lives.

In the process, “that would encourage vaccination by giving hesitant people a vivid incentive to have the shots.”

Well said, Dr. Makary.

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DISCLAIMER: I’m not a medical professional or scientist — just a curious, self-interested guy.  So, don’t take anything that I say or write as medical advice. Get that from your doctor!

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