“Whether it’s someone they know who has Covid or someone they know who has passed away, or friends who have talked about it or just seeing it in the media, all of these things have caused everyone kind of trauma, ”Dr. Jeff Gardere told CNN’s Pamela. Brown. “Covid has really changed our lives.”
“It’s a whole year of staying indoors, and now you go outside, everyone is biking, jogging, exercising, partying,” KerryAnn McGregor, a visitor from Miami Beach. “It’s good now.”
But after moving from the disruption of isolation and masking to the overwhelming effort of mass vaccination, the transition to a more normal life might not be so easy for everyone, Gardere said.
“We had ended up in a very safe bubble… But now it feels like the rug has been ripped from under our feet – doesn’t it – for people who are afraid enough to go back to work, go back to school, ”he said. “People are anxious. “
Rather than avoiding anxiety, Gardere said it’s best to confront her with healthy coping mechanisms like meditation, breathing, peer support, and counseling.
“Each day that you face this anxiety, the better off you will be,” he said.
Different risks for vaccinated and unvaccinated people during the holidays
The Memorial Day beach rallies this year aren’t as worrying for health experts as they were last year.
Fully vaccinated and generally healthy people “should feel very well protected,” CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said.
The high number of vaccinations has led to a decrease in cases among protected persons. But for those who have not been vaccinated, the risk of large gatherings remains high because “the virus has fewer places to go,” Wen said.
“We have more heritable variants, and unfortunately people who don’t have immunity are not protected against these variants which can wreak a lot of havoc,” Wen explained.
Mayor Dan Gelber expressed concern about the influx of tourists to Miami Beach this Memorial Day weekend.
Gelber said that one of the issues is that “we’re one of the few places that’s open, but we’re also a very attractive destination. So just too many people are coming.”
“The virus is still there,” he reminded everyone in a conversation with CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Friday. “The number of people who have come here is unprecedented, and some of them are looking to act in some way.”
The mayor said there would be “a huge saturation of police officers” on patrol over the long weekend.
We need to know where this virus comes from, expert says
Amid relief from high vaccination rates and falling infections, experts are focusing on identifying where the virus is coming from.
Experts have previously said the virus is most likely transmitted from an animal. But after a US intelligence report revealed that several researchers at the Chinese Institute of Virology in Wuhan fell ill in November 2019, former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb, said last week that there was “growing circumstantial evidence” that Covid-19 may have come from a lab.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian dismissed the report at the time and accused the United States of “exaggerating the theory of laboratory leaks.”
“Through field visits and in-depth visits to China, the experts unanimously agreed that the allegation of a laboratory leak is extremely unlikely,” Zhao said.
The Chinese government has not been transparent on this issue, Wen said, but it is important for the global community to get to the bottom of this.
Gottlieb told CBS Face the Nation Sunday that the scientific community may never know for sure the origin.
“Unless we’re very lucky and we find the intermediate host, we find a colony of cats or civic pangolins where it’s an epidemic and it could have spread to humans first, or we have a whistleblower in China or a regime change – which we’re not going to have – I don’t know if we’re going to find out for sure that this came out of a lab, ”Gottlieb said.
“I think we’ll eventually come up with an assessment and a likelihood of whether it’s from a lab versus a zoonotic source,” he said.
Knowing that the origin is “absolutely essential,” Dr. Peter Hotez, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, told NBC’s Meet the Press.
Hotez explained that the Covid-19 pandemic is the third major coronavirus outbreak of the century, after the original SARS outbreak and the MERS outbreak.
“Mother Nature is telling us what’s going to happen,” Hotez said. “There is going to be Covid-26 and Covid-32, unless we fully understand the origins of Covid-19, and this is absolutely essential and what is needed.”
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.