On Sunday Dr. Peter Hotez posted a thread of tweets regarding our pandemic present and our possible future. Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital, acknowledged that things feel pretty calm with COVID-19. He pointed out that in Texas, “we’re at about 6 new cases per 100,000, which is among the lowest we’ve been during the entire pandemic.”
But Hotez’s work requires looking beyond the present. He expressed concern about the BQ.1.1 variant, which seems to be on the increase in Europe. As has been the case in past winters, problems in Europe often point to future problems here. His solution, however, remains much the same: Hotez continues to encourage everyone to maximize their boosters and get their children vaccinated.