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COVID UPDATE: ‘At Last, There are Reasons for Cautious Optimism’

COVIDWASHINGTON, DC, Apr 30 — It’s been a year and change since the COVID pandemic distorted the way we live and, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, if the end is not in sight, perhaps the beginning of the end is approaching, says Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].  “At last, there are reasons for cautious optimism.”

“Vaccinations have begun to make progress in containing the disease, thanks to the efforts of former President Trump who convinced pharmaceutical companies to make haste in developing a serum.  Booster shots will be coming soon as are new, easier ways of delivering protective doses.”

Deborah Fuller, PhD, an expert in the field of vaccines and antivirals, says that we can look forward to “an amazing toolbox to use to combat infectious disease for a long time to come.”  For example, Fuller, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, says that progress is being made in the development of non-injectable vaccines that, for example, might be delivered through the nose or swallowed in pill form.

Meanwhile, the vaccines currently available are doing their job.  Natalie Dean, an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida, says they “have really exceeded expectations in so many ways, and it’s just an enormous value that they can keep you from getting sick but also keep you from transmitting to others.  Nothing is 100 percent, but I think people can understand the big reduction and the value of that. It changes how I think about what I want to do in a big way.”

The latest positive development in the race to conquer the COVID virus was reported just days ago when Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla announced that a pill that treats symptoms of the disease could be available to the public by the end of the year.  It means that you wouldn’t have to go to a hospital for treatment, unlike current injectable medications.  As he put it, “you could get it at home, and that could be a game-changer.”

And, Oravax Medical, a medical technology developer, is poised to begin clinical trials for an oral COVID vaccine sometime as early as this summer.

AMAC’s Weber says “The happy side-effect of all this medical progress, particularly for seniors, is that we can see a light at the end of the tunnel as problematic protective restrictions begin to ease.  The majority of states across the country have fully reopened or have reopened to some degree since vaccinations became available.  And, a goodly number of states are eliminating the need to wear masks out of doors,” according to AMAC’s Weber.

In fact, earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] issued new guidelines easing up on the need for masks for fully vaccinated individuals in outdoor spaces although the CDC recommends wearing masks in outdoor spaces that are densely populated.  These venues include, for example, sporting events, concerts and parades.

In addition, the CDC has issued new travel regulations.   In a nutshell, interstate travel for those who are fully vaccinated no longer require testing before and after a trip unless the authorities at your destination require it.  Nor will vaccinated travelers in the U.S. need to self-quarantine upon their return.

As for international travel, if you are fully vaccinated you will no longer need to be tested before your trip unless authorities at your destination require it.  And, you will not have to self-quarantine when you come home, although you are urged to have a test before returning.

You are considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks’ after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Rich
2 months ago

The “magic shot” may be having an effect although we won’t know the true effect for several years. People however are starting to wake up to the truth. Most people with a brain are getting tired of this whole debacle. When tragedy happens in any other area of life, we don’t shut down the whole world, we deal with it and move on. So many of our “leaders” won’t allow us to move on. But, 2022 is coming! Keep the faith and vote for FREEDOM!

Rose
2 months ago

Could you attach links for us seniors to send emails to our state legislators (& local/county) so we can say NO or YES to bills/proposals brought before the house? I know you have done this. It’s very efficient & effective when millions of Americans can “voice” what they want immediately when a bill/proposal is being sought to pass. Thank you.

Mike
2 months ago

When experts and physicians who are sounding the alarm are shut down, fired , and censored by 99% of the media we have a serious problem. After 35 years as a RN and retired healthcare executive I have learned you don’t ever trust the AMA, CDC, or big pharmaceutical companies. The same thing applies to successful drug treatments that are soundly put down by non medical professionals and censors in the media. The number of serious sides effects are being greatly downplayed. I also know hospitals are being pressured by the government to label many deaths as COVID that we from other causes. Wake up folks something is very wrong about this vaccine push. I won’t be taking it for sure. One last thing these mask will not protect against viruses. They do an adequate job on bacteria but do nothing to protect against viruses. It’s all about control and politics.

Barbara Hilenski
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

I ???? this is about control totally the virus is a excuse to take control of people . This is about the constitution. Pray that the Lord will Awaken many people to His Salvation from who’s our Hope Come s From

David
2 months ago

When virologists, geneticists, and micro-biologists from around the world are insisting that this vaccine, (which is not a vaccine), will be harmful or fatal to millions….then they have ny attention. These same medical experts have been banned or censored off Facebook, Twitter. Yahoo

Misty
2 months ago

“It is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine, and it is something that works.” – Donald J Trump

What a disappointment that Mister Trump has sided with the DUMMOCRATS

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Misty

I won’t defend him in this, but he didn’t have a choice. What would the left have done if he didn’t get the vaccine? There might not have been a vaccine for several more months and Biden wouldn’t have been able to take credit for it. LOL I often wonder if President Trump has actually gotten the vaccine. If he hasn’t, good for him!

Desert
2 months ago

I quit subscribing to AARP because of these pro liberal stories. Covid vaccines are dangerous and have many side effects I cannot believe you are promoting this. Makes me want to cancel my subscription.

Lyddy
2 months ago
Reply to  Desert

I agree with you wholeheartedly. Cannot believe so many people are putting that poison in their bodies.

Barbara Hilenski
2 months ago
Reply to  Desert

Me too I’m cancelling mine

Rich
2 months ago

Where you going go, back to AARP? Think it through.

Glee
2 months ago

Oh wow! A medicine to treat Covid symptoms might be available by the end of the year, you say? Can the CDC spell I-v-e-r-m-e-c-t-i-n??? I’ll be waiting until 2024 to see whether the Covid vaccine is something to celebrate or to mourn.

Mary L
2 months ago

Are you kidding? These experimental gene therapies are hurting more people than helping them, and we don’t yet know long-term effects which are looking pretty grim right now. Don’t celebrate failure!

Bonnie M
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary L

Don’t believe all the propaganda that is being spread online and social media.

Me
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary L

Truly said. Vaccines do Not stop an individual from getting COVID

Nick
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary L

So COVID was real?

Barbara Hilenski
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary L

Go to Health Defender Is Bobby Kennedy .s Fight against this so many have Died cuz of this Shot ND it has not been tested and don’t let the fake news sway you .Take this as a warning ⚠️

KD SQ
2 months ago

Wow,A conservative group buying I to that junk science hook, line and sinker.

Chuck
2 months ago
Reply to  KD SQ

When you nay sayers get COVID 19 and die, it’s going to be too late to say I wish I got vaccinated.

Carol
2 months ago
Reply to  Chuck

Less than 1% die.

Barbara Hilenski
2 months ago
Reply to  Carol

There’s no covid this is a lie wake up .Do your Home work .

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Chuck

The vaccine can’t save you. Only Jesus Christ can do that. The Bible says that all our days are numbered before we were born. You could die from covid or a car accident or any number of things. If God says your time is not up, it’s not up. Have faith.

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