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The next 14 weeks I think will be the worst of the pandemic, people don’t want to hear that, but if we look at what these variants are doing, particularly this one from the United Kingdom, and see what it did in Europe, see what it’s done in the Middle East, it’s now beginning to start that here in the U.S. We are going to see that unfold.
Long-term care is, unfortunately, an indicator of what's happening in Mark Parkinson community [ at large ] -- meaning that as much as Mark Parkinson try to bubble them from the virus in the community, it's a very vulnerable location, because Mark Parkinson have people who work there [ going in and out ], as well as family and friends of those who live there.
At this point, we don't really have a national plan that really puts together what we're trying to do. We have 50 different states, the District of Columbia, the territories, all kind of with their own plan, we're at 70 % of the number of cases today that we were at the very height of the pandemic cases in early April, and yet I don't see any kind of a' This is where we need to go, this is what we need to do to get there' kind of effort, and that's one of our challenges.
Understanding that the whole thesis of contact tracing may just fall on this very issue [ of super spreaders ], if you have a small number of cases, you can clearly try to contact trace all of them, and you're not wondering if they're super spreaders or not. With many thousands of cases, you're always going to be trying to determine : what are the highest priority ? If you don't have a sense of who the super spreaders are, there's no way you can [ factor ] that in.
At the very beginning of the outbreak, we had many questions about how transmission of this virus occurred. And unfortunately, we saw a number of people taking very firm stances about it was happening this way or it wasn't happening this way. And as we have continued to learn how transmission occurs with this outbreak, it is clear that many of those early statements were not correct, this is time for straight talk.
So, by about 2008, we started to see the vaccine rates drop as the word got through the Somali community that autism was linked to measles vaccination, in the years since then, Andrew Wakefield has actually been brought in several times to the Somali community here in Minnesota to actually give presentations supporting this information. ... His work has been retracted.
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