According to that report, the state is taking that action to “normalize” its handling of the virus.
Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine told ABC13 the decision could have an adverse impact on the fight against COVID-19.
“(That data) would help to show you where we need to step up advocacy efforts,” Hotez said. “That information is useful (in areas where vaccination rates are lower).”
Back to the idea of normalization, Hotez said we aren’t at a point to put COVID-19 on the same level as the flu or the common cold.
“(We’re still at) 120,000 deaths per year,” Hotez said, who cited the current trend of about 300 nationwide COVID deaths per day. “A bad flu season would be considered 50,000 deaths per year.”
The Chronicle also reported the state plans to reduce the frequency of COVID-19 case updates to just once a week beginning Nov. 30.
“Eventually, we will get on the other side of this pandemic,” Hotez said. “I was hoping it would be 2022, but I’m hoping for better results in 2023.”
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