Susan Judd, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, joined Yahoo Finance Live to explain how we can figure out when the COVID pandemic is over. 19 is near
Adam Shapiro: But we want to keep talking about coronavirus and COVID-19 because we use the term post-pandemic But we are not out of the epidemic. And we were in the day before The holidays are here for the Memorial Day weekend. Millions of people are traveling Let’s talk about trends, Dr. Susan Judd, Ph.D., epidemiologist. at the University of Alabama at the Birmingham School of Public Health. Nice to see you again, Dr. Judd, and quickly. We know that the concerns of these millions of people may be gathered close together. But you said June 10 is the day we have to keep an eye on. Why?
Susan Judd: That’s the day. That’s where we’ll know what’s going on with these people coming together. If the case stays where it — steady or decreasing — that tells us we’re in good shape. that we may be nearing the end of this pandemic Another option is People wouldn’t jump out of their homes to break away from the loneliness they were once in. And I doubt it will be. Just give us what we already see. More and more people are starting to mix. they are leaving they are going out to eat And we know it’s the weekend. And if the behavior of Americans remains the same over the years and the cases persist, that’s a really good sign. that we are nearing the end
Julia La Roche: And Susan, thank you so much for joining us. Our previous guest just spoke about the emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment. [INAUDIBLE] this is from [INAUDIBLE] biotechnology When we talk about — I think it’s just a curiosity here. We talk about approval for emergency use. Help our audience understand when companies get that for their treatment. How long will it take to use it?
Susan Judd: It depends on the supply of the company. If the company has enough supply and can sell the drug. They usually close in hospitals relatively quickly because they want to sell drugs. And if they’re banking to clear this matter. They have indications that they must be approved for emergency use. They may have some supplies that they are ready to send to the hospital.
Adam Shapiro: At the end of the conversation with the previous guest I asked him about the biotechnology that made this antibody drug effective. And can it be used to treat other viral diseases? And if I understand what he’s saying It seems that yes, so let me ask you, is there any kind of super corona virus? Neither vaccine nor treatment that can take care of different types of corona virus that affects us at once and forever? I mean the common cold right? Are we nearing that point?
Susan Judd: That’s right, someone said the answer was yes. Some immunologists say the technology exists. And we’re getting closer and closer to have a single vaccine that can take care of them all Even with the influenza vaccine, one of the things this pandemic has done is to push the tech sector to look for alternatives. that had never been considered before.
Julia La Roche: I want to remove another floating topic. Actually, we have Yale doctors talking about the Tokyo Olympics. It looks like it’s going to be a very big event. Others may disagree. What are your thoughts on the Tokyo Olympics? Is that something we should be worried about?
Susan Judd: If the vaccination rate is low, then we have to worry, and by little, I mean less, say 40% or 50%. Rather at 70% so that we don’t have any lawsuits coming out of the Olympics. but that said As long as we have a relatively reasonable level of vaccination for those attending the event. The job should not be a super spreader job. The degree of immunity in the population varies greatly. to what we had last year when no one was immune. When no one is immune You will receive these great activities. But let me reiterate that As long as we have a relatively reasonable vaccination rate It shouldn’t be a problem.
Adam Shapiro: and in accordance with this discussion If you have been vaccinated and have come into contact with someone who has been infected with the virus. and you should be infected again. Are you infecting others? Even if you have been vaccinated
Susan Judd: Yes, you can. Vaccination is not a 100% guarantee that you will not get sick and that you cannot infect others. So we saw what happened to the Yankees. It is absolutely possible to develop an infection even after you have been vaccinated. But there is a small chance that it will cause you to be hospitalized or die.
Julia La Roche: And one last question before we go We always have a conversation about masks. I have been vaccinated. Immunity is good for more than two weeks. And I had this conversation with my husband, you know, going to the store, and some stores are mask-free, but like, I don’t know why we feel uncomfortable taking our masks off when we enter the store. even if they allow it So I really don’t know. what is my question But perhaps I would like to hear from you as an epidemiologist. maybe what are you doing What are you thinking about it?
Susan Judd: Of course yes. It’s human behavior. for me in science i know i’m fine I know that if I’m vaccinated, it’s okay if I go to a restaurant and go out to eat. In fact, I look forward to sporting events and concerts. Talk about a super spreader job when people are yelling and screaming around you. but at the same time I kept the mask with me. because it has become a social norm
And I don’t — if I go into the store they want people to wear masks. I want to be able to pull it off and wear it. It’s like holding someone’s hand before an epidemic. That’s the norm. You shake someone’s hand when you meet them or when you walk into a room. We are all familiar with masks by now. So I kept it with me again so I could be polite if I needed to be polite. but in biology I know I’m not taking risks anymore.
Adam Shapiro: Always a pleasure to see you. Dr. Suzanne Judd is a PhD epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Have a wonderful weekend