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Doctors react to possible 4th COVID-19 shooting and relaxed mask rules

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New infection rates are falling and mask mandates being repealed, but with the FDA considering a fourth COVID-19 dose of the vaccine this fall, it’s clear the consensus is that the virus persists. a bit of protection,” said emergency physician Dr. Rajiv Bahl. “Kind of like what we have with the flu.” Bahl thinks COVID-19 reminders could become an annual recommendation. “For immunocompromised people, that’s probably a smart thing,” said Orlando pediatrician Dr. Matthew Seibel. Health experts continue to study and understand the virus. “We’re only two and a half years in this thing and we’ve had the flu for a long time,” Seibel said. Doctors said boosters are typically rolled out when viruses tend to be highly transmissible and the timing of the fourth dose of COVID-19 will also depend on the emergence of other variants. “People were congregating inside rather than going out, Seibel said. As the Omicron wave fades, people are looking to move on. Carnival Cruises has announced that it will recommend but not require masks on board starting in March. Major music festivals like Coachella recently announced that they will not require vaccinations, testing or masking this year. “We’re at a point right now where the numbers are starting to improve, but I wouldn’t let your guard down just yet,” Bahl said. “This virus has not gone away, we have seen variants and strains appear.” Dr. Seibel said that as long as people make smart decisions, people should be allowed to make their own choices. “There’s going to be another push,” Seibel said. “If you are sick, if you have a fever, if you are not feeling well, do not associate with other people.” If or when the FDA approves the fourth dose of COVID-19, the CDC will review the data and make a recommendation for use.

New infection rates are falling and mask mandates being repealed, but with the FDA considering a fourth COVID-19 dose of the vaccine this fall, it’s clear the consensus is that the virus persists.

“It can’t hurt to have that little bit of extra protection,” said emergency physician Dr Rajiv Bahl. “Kind of like what we have with the flu.”

Bahl thinks COVID-19 boosters could become an annual recommendation.

“For immunocompromised people, that’s probably a smart thing,” said Orlando pediatrician Dr. Matthew Seibel.

Health experts continue to study and understand the virus.

“We’re only two and a half years in this thing and we’ve had the flu for a long time,” Seibel said.

Doctors said boosters are typically rolled out when viruses tend to be highly transmissible and the timing of the fourth dose of COVID-19 will also depend on the emergence of other variants.

“[In the winter] people were congregating inside instead of going out,” Seibel said.

As the Omicron wave fades, people are looking to move on. Carnival Cruises has announced that it will recommend but not require masks on board starting in March.

Major music festivals like Coachella recently announced that they will not require vaccinations, testing or masking this year.

“We’re at a point right now where the numbers are starting to improve, but I wouldn’t let your guard down just yet,” Bahl said. “This virus has not gone away, we have seen variants and strains appear.”

Dr Seibel said as long as people make smart decisions, they should be allowed to make their own choices.

“There’s going to be another push,” Seibel said. “If you are sick, if you have a fever, if you don’t feel well, do not associate with others.”

If or when the FDA approves the fourth dose of COVID-19, the CDC will review the data and make a recommendation for use.