Indian-American surgeon general answers about US Covid situation


It’s been nearly 2 years of Covid disrupting our lives, and hope for things coming back to pre-Covid is still far from becoming a reality.

It was believed that once the vaccines are here, the situation might get better, but even after more than 6 months of vaccines, the state of affairs have not fared any better.

The world is still not sure how to manage this novel virus. While the vaccines have improved the situations in the US and other countries in a significant way, fresh new cases and the death toll has been steadily on the rise.

The question on everyone’s minds is: When will the fresh covid-19 cases in the world go to zero? When will we be mask-free again?

But the answers to these are still pretty unclear. Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy says that we were looking at the victory over covid-19 from a skewed sense of perspective.

“It is really important that we convey that success does not equal no cases,” Murthy said in an interview with POLITICO. “Success looks like very few people in the hospital and very few dying,” Murthy added.

“The vaccines do work, he stressed. Breakthrough cases remain infrequent; few are life-threatening,” he said.

Murthy also adds that vaccinated people tend to overestimate the danger posed by the coronavirus and that unvaccinated people tend to underestimate the risk.

Murthy also pointed out that the situation is particularly dire in areas of the country that have lower vaccination rates and compliance with mask-wearing guidance.

“This is the dichotomy developing,” he said. “It’s almost like living in two different Americas.”

Many hospitals across the US report having zero ICU bed capacity remaining. Several hospitals are treating nearly twice as many ICU patients as they have room for.

The current seven-day moving average of daily new Covid-19 cases in the US was over 150,000, up 4.9 percent from the previous week, according to the latest report by the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC).