Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the architect of Obamacare, advised Americans to return to wearing “really high-quality masks” about the new COVID variant plaguing China.
Monday, on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC, Emanuel discussed the new COVID variant XBB.1.5 with Andrea Mitchell.
“Its rapid spread means it can evade and outcompete other subvariants,” Emmanuel explained. “It appears to avoid antibodies and bind more tightly to cells, giving it the necessary competitive advantage.” Sadly, the antibodies we have as a result of infections or vaccinations do not appear effective. And the monoclonal antibody Evusheld we have, which many immune-compromised patients do not use, does not appear to be functioning exceptionally well.”
Emmanuel predicted a future increase in COVID cases in the United States.
“Is it typical that variants continue to emerge and, as infections spread, this virus discovers novel means of evading our best efforts?” A question posed by Mitchell.
“Yes. When the virus spreads to many more people, there are more variants because the more it reproduces, the higher the probability of a mutation or recombination event, and that’s what’s most concerning about China, according to Emmanuel.
Additionally, he stated that China’s low immunity would result in severe consequences. “They’re going to have a lot more variants, and we don’t have a good line of sight into those variants and the genome,” Emmanuel said, referring to China’s situation.
Mitchell inquired what actions should be taken against China, mentioning a travel ban and a negative test result.
“A travel ban and negative test results are nothing more than delaying tactics,” proclaimed Emmanuel. They are attempting to provide us with information; however, they will not be of assistance. Individually, for your audience, Andrea, the best thing they can do right now is wear masks, although I am aware that many are resistant. N-95, top-notch quality masks. You can’t control what’s in airports, trains, or shopping malls, but you can protect yourself with these high-quality masks.