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#COVID #Monkeypox #MedicalNews

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> How bad will COVID be this fall?

>> Why vaccines won’t be enough to control the monkeypox outbreak

The Med & Mic™ 09.06 .22

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

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Autumn COVID Forecast

Multiple research teams have shared their predictions with the government about how COVID might play out in Fall 2022. Among them:

  • Stable or declining hospitalizations.

  • Possibly a late fall surge.

  • New boosters could limit spread.

However, a new variant could change the situation.

Currently. COVID hospitalizations are at 30,000 with the number trending downward. Average deaths are 400 a day. (Source: Washington Post, J. Achenbach and L. Sun, 9.3.22)

Not Enough Monkeypox Vaccine

Dutch researchers have determined that two doses of the monkeypox vaccine that is being used in the U.S. and around the world may not be enough. In a study awaiting peer review, two doses induced a low level of antibodies against the virus, and the antibodies did not fight the virus well. Furthermore, a one-dose regimen would not provide adequate protection, and using less than a full dose to stretch the scarce supply would not be effective. The researchers caution that people getting the vaccine should not assume they are protected against infection. Isolation of cases, contact tracing, and quarantining of contacts will be important to controlling the outbreak. (Source: STAT News, H. Branswell, 9.2.22)

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