In March of 2020, “In the Hive,” kicked off a string of conversations with medical experts and researchers about the pandemic. Things have changed, substantially, since that first Q&A on March 19th of 2020. At the time, Utah had seen only about 100 coronavirus cases and there had been zero deaths. Eighteen months later, the Beehive State has logged almost 500,000 cases and nearly 3,000 deaths.
Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)
Those dire numbers belie a lot of progress that has been made in our fight against the pandemic. The development of safe and effective vaccines has been a game-changer even if vaccine reticence, fueled by misinformation, has tamped down hopes of a return to normalcy anytime soon.
So where are we in the arc of the pandemic? How should we be behaving in our daily lives? What’s next in our new reality?
Dr. Emily Spivak, infectious disease physician with University of Utah Health
Dr. Stephen Goldstein, U of U post-doctoral researcher specializing in coronavirus evolution