“[China is] seeing the same number of cases [the U.S. is] every day, and from that standpoint, it’s not a major public health challenge. The problem is…they have assigned this lockdown mentality where 300 cases in a community of 20 million people get locked down. That’s not going to stop it. It won’t work.”
"I am a faithful N95 [respirator] user and I fit it appropriately to the face and not below my nose. And I think that's what we're talking about. A lot of these [mask-wearing] recommendations are so generic that the public has no idea what you're talking about."
“We’ve learned in the past that when you have a seasonal virus circulating, it may dampen the ability of other viral respiratory pathogens to take off," on why non-COVID respiratory viruses all but disappeared in 2020 and 2021.
"In the past, what's happened in Europe [COVID-19 cases] often has been a harbinger of what's about to happen in the United States. So I think the bottom line message for us here in this country is we have to be prepared for what they are beginning to see in Europe."
“At this point we need to vaccinate as if [new COVID-19 variants] will not provide a new and critical challenge around immune evasion. But we owe it to the public to say we could be seeing a future aspect of this pandemic unlike any we’ve seen today.”
"Only about 4.4% of the US population that's eligible to receive the [new bivalent COVID-19] booster has gotten it. I've gotten mine. I urge everyone else to get it, because while it's not maybe perfect protection, it surely is some good protection for now. But at the same time, I'm watching very carefully kind of sleeping with one eye open to see what these new sub-variants that are highly immune evasive look like."
"The challenge is, we don't understand yet what this virus still has in store for us. If you've got subvariants that can evade immune protection from previous infections and you've got waning immunity—that could set us up for a whole new set of circumstances."
“This is not the same [SARS-CoV-2] virus we dealt with back in January of 2020. It’s evolved every time we put pressure on it. We get more immunity in people, and it finds a way to get around immunity. Then it gets more infectious.”
"Protection from the flu virus vaccine wears off over time, as much as 18% per month. So if we were to see the flu season emerge in January and February, those vaccinated in September may only have a limited amount of protection left. If possible, we really like to see people getting a flu shot in October or early November if there is no flu activity in the community."
"The most important message—again—is get it [new COVID-19 vaccine booster]. If it's been at least 4 months since you've been vaccinated before, you need it right now. With the new vaccine, you can get it as early as 2 months after the last dose; I think waiting a little bit longer is better."