Dr. Threlkeld looks ahead to the future of the pandemic

Dr. Threlkeld
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Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 1:20 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Steve Threlkeld held a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

He addressed topics such as monoclonal antibody treatment changes and what the future of the pandemic might look like.

Dr. Threlkeld says that COVID-19 could very well become a virus like the flu that we will never eradicate. He says there is a chance that it could become a much less lethal virus that circulates through communities, but, just like the flu, still cause many deaths each year.

He continued to campaign that getting vaccinated is the best way forward and to get out of the pandemic. Dr. Thrlekeld compared choosing not to get vaccinated and attending a sporting event where they announced 130 of you won’t make it home.

“If you were to throw a football game at the Liberty bowl and pack it with somewhere around 65,000 if I remember correctly... and say 130 of you won’t make it home, sorry. People would probably not go,” Dr. Threlkeld said. “Even if you want to say the first 30 to 40 of those 130 are going to elderly and then there will be people who have other problems overweight, diabetic, but some of them are just going to be chosen at random. You’re going to have a hard time getting people to show up, but in fact we are buying tickets to that game every day with people who don’t protect themselves with the vaccine because the vaccine is a free pass to get out of that stadium.”

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