The six public health advisers who previously advised President Joe Biden during his presidential transition have come forward in publishing three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging the president to shift course on his response to COVID-19.
The first article, “A National Strategy for the “New Normal” of Life With COVID,” states that policymakers must update their messaging strategy and accept COVID-19 as the “new normal” and redefine the level of risk it poses on the nation.
In the other two articles, the health experts offer new strategies on how the nation can approach testing, surveillance, and mitigation strategies. They also discuss new ways the United States can promote access to COVID-19 treatment therapies and offer alternative vaccine administration options.
“The ‘new normal’ requires recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more,” the authors write. “COVID-19 must now be considered among the risks posed by all respiratory viral illnesses combined.”