Thinking of giving up on avoiding getting COVID? Don’t

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022
The Daily
Caroline Mimbs NyceSENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR
With cases soaring, you may be tempted to just give up and accept that you’re going to get COVID. Our reporters offer three reasons you should still try to avoid it, if you can.
Three Reasons to Avoid Getting COVID Right NowAn animation of a coronavirus particle changing color(Getty; The Atlantic)Omicron is everywhere, and people are tired. Nearly two years into this pandemic, the seemingly more transmissible and milder coronavirus variant is tempting some to throw in the towel on avoiding infection.Should you just accept that you’re going to get sick this winter? No, my colleague Sarah Zhang argues. Though you will probably get COVID eventually, there are a few practical reasons to delay an infection—and potentially passing it on to others—as long as possible.1. You can help reduce the burden on hospitals.As my colleague Ed Yong has reported, health-care workers are already burning out and quitting in droves. This latest surge could break our hospital systems. And broken hospitals affect not just COVID patients, but anyone seeking care.2. Better treatments to help the most vulnerable are on the way.“Pfizer’s very effective pill has just been authorized by the FDA, but supplies are short,” Sarah reports. “Only one monoclonal antibody, sotrovimab, currently works against Omicron, and supplies are also short.” The longer you’re able to stave off infection, the more time the system has to make these treatments available.3. Getting it now doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get it again.It’s not as simple as “getting it over with.” “No combinations of vaccines or viruses can confer invulnerability to future tussles with SARS-CoV-2,” Katherine J. Wu explains. “Whether acquired from an injection or an infection, immunity will always work in degrees, not absolutes.”

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