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There are 7 comments on As the Omicron BA.5 Variant Spreads, BU Infectious Diseases Expert Says It’s Time to Dial Up Protective Measures

  1. As a student returning in the fall, I really, really hope BU reinstates the classroom mask mandate and/or testing. Masks protect other people more than they protect the wearer, so even though I will wear a mask when I go to class, I know I’m not protected without an indoor mask mandate. Going into the fall with no precautions at all terrifies me. I hope BU will do the right thing and reinstate some precautions to protect its most vulnerable students.

    1. YES! BU’s own health experts are saying there should be masking indoors, so it’s frustrating that BU leadership has abandoned all precautions. If BU wants to keep people safe, the mask mandate will return in the fall. Anything less than that sends a clear message that we are all expendable.

      I don’t expect this comment to be published because BU Today generally cuts my comments if I mention safety precautions on campus. Go figure.

  2. Given this information about BA.5 and other emerging variants, will BU reinstate its mask mandate on campus or is it just going to let this virus tear through the student, staff, and faculty populations?

  3. I would love to see the research literature basis for Prof. Assoumou’s statements that (i) the vaccines “work well against … deaths” or that (ii) vigilance with wearing masks protects significantly against infection.

    I’d like to remind Prof. Assoumou that several high-profile personalities, many of whom know how to wear masks properly, have gotten sick with COVID, some of them for a long period of time (I’m thinking of Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chris Cuomo, Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau, Gavin Newsom, …).

    Public Health confidence is at a low point in the US these days, and one of the only
    ways of regaining the public’s trust is to be precise and humble about what the current scientific literature can and cannot imply.

  4. I hope BU doesn’t bring back any restrictions, masking or testing. I already had Omicron and it was the mildest sickness of my life. I was already forced to sacrifice two years of my young adulthood— I, and many other healthy young people, simply refuse to sacrifice another. If you’re afraid of Covid despite being vaccinated, masked, and boosted, a college campus is not the right place for you.

  5. Are we going to mention how the symptoms are extreme mild and are similar to a cold… Covid is old news and you guys are trying to make a big deal out of nothing

  6. Thank you very much for daring to speak some truth in the former land of the free which has been transformed into the land of censorship and lies. Shame on the BU medical community for marching in lockstep with this “deadly” virus that has a survival rate of over 98% unless you have several comorbidities (one foot in the grave and the other foot on a banana peel).
    By the way, the evidence that “covid” is a fake disease is mounting. It still has not been isolated. Nobody has seen it and nobody can provide its DNA.
    There are now hundreds of studies that show that all the masks, lockdowns, and social distancing did much more harm than good. And there are now studies that show that the injections are destroying the the natural immune system. There is an epidemic of the unvaccinated! The vaccine is killing people by triggering heart disease, cancers, blood clots,
    killing and maiming young athletes, and who knows what else. Doctors and nurses who dare to mention these facts are all being fired and cancelled on social media. All dissent is being quashed. People are afraid to question the official narrative!
    Does anyone remember that the “experts” said the the mRNA vaccine was 95% effective in protecting the vaccinated and stopping the spread? Then, the same “experts” said that you needed a booster shot and then another booster and then a few more shots and then more shots for the rest of your life! And, the “experts” now say that their vaccine does not prevent anyone from getting covid and it does not prevent the virus from spreading! In other words, their vaccine is not a vaccine!! Rick aka Freedom_First(at)verizon(dot)net CLA 68

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